Lady ’Stangs go 1-for-6 against Lincoln County in The Corral
NEEDLES — The Needles High School Lady ’Stangs started strong but ultimately fell to the Lincoln County Lady Lynx in the last regular game of the season on Oct. 29 in The Corral.
The final scores of the game were Lady ’Stangs 25 - Lady Lynx 18, Lady Lynx 25 - Lady ’Stangs 21, Lady Lynx 15 - Lady ’Stangs 9 in the first match; Lady Lynx 25 - Lady ’Stangs 13, Lady ’Stangs 25 - Lady Lynx 22, Lady Lynx 15 - Lady ’Stangs 13 in the second.
The Lady ’Stangs started off the NIAA 2A South doubleheader against the Lady Lynx with their best foot forward winning the first game in the best-of-three match. In that particular game, the Lady ’Stangs had a 14-13 lead in the middle of the game and pushed it to a 19-15 lead toward the end of the game. The Lady ’Stangs forced a couple of errors and had a couple of ace’s and kills which put them over the top.
In the two games that followed the Lady ’Stangs couldn’t find their momentum and fell behind quickly. The Lady Lynx took advantage of that and closed out the games quickly, taking the first match of the doubleheader.
“Lincoln has always been a tough opponent in the league and we couldn’t find the momentum to get going after the first game,” said Patricia Phelps, Lady ’Stangs head coach. “We had a bunch of little errors, but throughout the game those add up and we can fall behind quickly to quality teams. I think those little mistakes were due to us just not reacting quickly enough to the play. Some of our serving was off through the game.”
In the start of the second match, the Lady ’Stangs again tried to find their groove but they just weren’t clicking on offense or defense and they ended up losing the first game.
In the second game, the Lady ’Stangs started slow again and found themselves down 13-21 when Phelps took a time out to settle the team. The time out worked as the Lady ’Stangs went on a scoring run that was started by Katie Cameron scoring three aces in a row. A couple of plays later Juliana Ortiz had another three aces. The score of the game was tied 22-22 when Page Murch broke the tie with one of her signature kills. Kobrea Phillips followed the kill with a bump that ended up in a score and the game was won when Murch scored an ace, forcing a tiebreaker.
“After they lost the first match the girls picked themselves up and just wanted to get a win,” said Phelps. “We were able to get the second game and we were very close to getting the third game but we just couldn’t get it done.”
The Lady ’Stangs fell down 6-1 early in the tiebreaker but rallied to make the score 5-9 in the game with a couple of kills from the team. The Lady ’Stangs just couldn’t quite get over the hump and ended up losing the tiebreaker 15-9.
Despite the loss, the Lady ’Stangs remained in fourth place in the NIAA 2A South League.