Quitman victorious over Alba-Golden in four
The Quitman Lady Bulldogs continued to build their district record with a four game match win at Alba-Golden last Tuesday. Coach Ashley Lingo’s charges once again demonstrated excellent teamwork and a multi-faceted offense.
Game one remained close through the middle stages with the score tied at 14. Early work by Alba-Golden’s Ann Marie Pendergrass, who had two kills and two aces in the opening minutes, kept the game tight.
Two Quitman service rallies, a five-point rally by Julia Simpkins and a four-point rally by Lucy Brannon set up the Lady Bulldogs for the game one win. Jentri Jackson provided the game-winning point on a nice kill down the baseline. Quitman took game one 25-16.
Game two offered some desperate net play by both sides. It was a physical, grinding game. The Lady Bulldogs recovered from an early Lady Panther lead and tied the score at 6. Behind the timely play of Maddy Whitehurst, Quitman opened a 17-11 advantage. Six of the next seven points were unforced errors by Quitman, and they let the Lady Panthers back in the game.
A kill shot by Lady Panther Kalli Wright closed the score to within two points at 20-22, and an assist from the gym rafters tied the score at 23. Neither side relented as the point-by-point ledger continued to climb. Another Wright kill shot gave Alba-Golden the advantage at 29-28, and the Lady Panthers secured game two 30-28.
Games three and four featured the Quitman pair of Lucy Brannon and Maddy Whitehurst. The two combined for 13 offensive points in the two games, including the match-winning score on a Whitehurst spike. Quitman claimed games three and four 25-18 and 25-15, respectively.
Lingo was happy with the Lady Bulldogs. “These girls never gave up! They kept pushing even when things weren’t going their way,” Lingo said. “I am very proud to be 3-1 in district play at this point in the season. We will continue to work hard day in and day out.”
For the Lady Panthers it was not a bad news story. Gone were the communication errors which plagued the early season. Offensive production early in the match was way up. The challenge for Alba-Golden will be to maintain their offensive productivity.
The Lady Bulldogs are on their way to another excellent season. Although the core of the team is no doubt Ava Burroughs, when contributions are made such as they were last Tuesday by Brannon and Whitehurst, the team is nearly unstoppable.
For Quitman, Jentri Jackson had 23 digs and six kills; Shelby Hayes 37 assists; Burroughs 13 kills and four blocks; Brooklyn Marcee nine digs, Brannon 11 digs, seven kills and five aces; Simpkins nine kills; Whitehurst 20 digs, nine kills and two blocks; Alexis O’Neal four digs and a kill.
Quitman also took the JV match over the Lady Panthers 25-10, 21-25, 25-14.