Lady Cats push Floyd
When North Harrison had its first crack at Floyd Central in girls’ tennis during the regular season, Lady Cats coach Bart Bigham didn’t think the Lady Highlanders took his girls’ best shot.
On Thursday, North Harrison put together ground strokes that forced Floyd Central to work for point after point.
Although North Harrison only won one court, No. 3 singles, the Lady Cats came away with better results than the previous meeting against Floyd Central. The Lady Highlanders went on to win 4-1 and advance to the sectional final.
Lindsey Schumaker was the victorious Lady Cat at No. 3. She stood toe to toe with Madison Woosley. In control for much of the match, Schumaker won the first set 6-4 after trailing by a game early on. In the second set, Schumaker duplicated her effort with another 6-4 win.
North Harrison sisters Payton and Sydney Fravel were highly competitive in the neighboring singles courts.
At No. 1, Payton fell behind early in the opening set and lost 6-2. Coming out quickly in the second set, Payton held serve to notch a win over Kailyn Little. Bouncing back, Little won two straight games, including a break.
Back and forth the rest of the way, Little survived the second set to win 7-5.
Sydney nearly pulled off a first-set win in her meeting with Kylie Wheeler. Leading 5-4, Sydney wasn’t able to break Wheeler’s serve to secure the set. Eventually going to a tie-breaker, Wheeler came out ahead 7-5 to earn the win.
In the second set, Wheeler defeated Sydney 6-1.
Doubles play was a pair of straight set victories for Floyd Central over the Mid-Southern Conference champion Lady Cats.
At the top slot, Alexis Applegate and Erin Patterson teamed to beat North Harrison’s Rachel Biddle and lone senior Alison Sieg 6-1, 6-1.
In No. 2 action, North Harrison’s Sarah Yost and Kelsey Bruce won two games in the first set before giving way to Alex Jamison and Emily Stock 6-2, 6-0.
Also on Thursday, Salem defeated Eastern (Pekin) 3-2 to earn a spot in the championship.
Floyd Central, however, defeated Eastern on Friday, 5-0, to raise the sectional trophy.