Coach Ashlee Lingo knew going to Scurry-Rosser would be a tough opener for Quitman’s Lady Bulldogs Friday. It was at Scurry-Rosser in the second round last year the Lady Bulldogs lost and Quitman had to settle for second place last season.
This year’s Lady Bulldogs were having none of that. After a tough 22-25 first game loss, Quitman settled down and took three in a row from the green-clad Lady Wildcats by the scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 to earn a hard-fought victory. This time, the raucous home team crowd was silenced by the play of the skillful ladies from the heart of Wood County.
Sophomore hitter Jentri Jackson continues to impress and play more like a veteran with each outing. “We started off very slow against Scurry-Rosser, but finished in the end. I was very impressed with Jentri Jackson’s play,” Lingo observed. “I feel like she really stepped up.”
Sophomore Madalyn Spears continued to wreak havoc and put fear in opponent defenders with 13 forceful kills, while senior Molly Tanner played with her constant grace and flawless strength also recording 13 powerful kills.
Senior Kaci Raley was again a menace at the net with four blocks and eight kills. Fellow senior Cammie Hicks showed why she is one of East Texas and the state’s premier setters and a model of high quality consistent play recording a phenomenal 41 assists while spreading the scoring around to her teammates.
Official statistics for the game were: Jackson 21 digs, 10 kills; Spears 20 digs, 13 kills, three aces; Raley 13 digs, eight kills, four blocks; Tanner 19 digs, 13 kills, two aces, one block and Hicks seven digs, one kill, one ace and 41 assists.
Quitman now has a 19-7 record for the season and 1-0 in district play. The Lady Bulldogs take on two of the top teams in district this week facing Edgewood Tuesday night at home after Monitor press time and traveling to Alba-Golden Friday with the varsity beginning at 4:30 p.m.