Alba-Golden High School’s Lady Panthers defeated Palestine last Tuesday in a hard-fought five-game match.
The Lady Panthers won 24-26, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-12. They are now 6-4 for the season.
Coach TaShara Everett said the A-G girls won this battle while missing their starting setter due to a death in her family in Lubbock. “My second setter Bralee Littlejohn, after her nerves settled down, stepped up to the plate and performed well for us,” Everett said. “Palestine is a very athletic team.”
She said the opponent’s girls jumped and blocked really well.
“Our defense stepped up and picked up a lot of their hits.” In game five a “really big” block by Ginny Carson and Kenzie Chadwick shifted the momentum to the Lady Panthers’ side. “And we capitalized and won the game.”
However, Everett said her girls are still struggling with unforced errors. “Once we get that down we will be fine!”
Leaders for the night were Carson with 13 kills, six blocks, six digs and one ace. Chadwick led with 17 kills, two blocks, four digs and two aces. Also among the leaders were Hannah Ellis with 10 kills, four blocks and three digs; Lindsey Roberts with 11 digs and two aces. Leaders also included Littlejohn with 42 assists and seven digs and Rheagan Wilcoxson led with three aces and five digs.
The Lady Panthers played in the Tyler Invitational this weekend but results weren’t available by Monitor press time. They were to play Bullard / Mabank duel in Bullard Tuesday, also after Monitor press time, and then the varsity are set for the Brownsboro Tournament starting Thursday. The JV will be in the Palestine Tournament on Saturday. Further information on both weekend tournaments is to be announced.