FARINA – Two local teams celebrated breast cancer awareness month on Wednesday, taking part in the second Volley for the Cure game of the month in this county.
South Central defeated Patoka, 25-11, 25-11, to even its record at 15-15, but more importantly, the schools and their fans teamed up to raise $2,154.85 for the Susan G. Koman Foundation after Vandalia held a successful game for the Fayette County Relay for Life earlier in the month.
“I think it’s awesome that Lori Goeckner put this together,” said South Central coach Mary Brimberry. “I told her, ‘I love doing this type of thing, but as coach, I don’t always have that kind of time, so I’d appreciate if you’d do that.’
“It took her volunteering, but once she volunteered, she really took a hold of it.”
Said Patoka coach Paula Copple, “It’s amazing. It’s a blessing to be a part of this to help people out.”
Senior Lincoln Brasel – who was recognized prior to her last home game along with fellow seniors Melissa Drum, Karrigan Smith and Monica Young – led the game with eight kills, and junior Maria Brasel had a game-high six aces and 13 assists, as South Central used late pushes in each set to earn the win.
The opening set was tied at 8-8, before the Lady Cougars found an offensive rhythm, which included 11 kills over the final 20 points.
“Coming in here, we didn’t know what to expect,” Copple said. “They have some awesome hitters, and our communication and setting were not at the top of their game.”
After Patoka called a timeout with South Central leading, 15-10, the Lady Cougars used a run of five kills and three aces in a row to take command of the set, and after a Lady Warriors kill, they got two more kills to finish it off.
The second set featured much of the same, as South Central had to fend off Patoka early on, getting out to just a 13-10 lead.
But Young promptly served aces on the four of the next five points, and the Lady Cougars collected four kills over the final eight points to win the nonconference match.
As for why it took the offense until the second half of each set to get going, Brimberry didn’t really have a good answer.
“I’m really not sure,” she said. “We could power it down (tonight), but we didn’t do it real fluently (early in sets).”
Leaders for Patoka were juniors Ashley Gramlick – two kills and an ace – and Amber Gramlick – one kill and one ace.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
South Central 25, Patoka 11
South Central 25, Patoka 11
Kills: L. Brasel, 8; Emily Chapman, 6; Smith, 6; M. Brasel, 4; Abbey Garrett, 2; Brittney Potter, 1.
Aces: M. Brasel, 6; Young, 4; L. Brasel, 1; Drum, 1.
Assists: M. Brasel, 13; Chapman, 8.
Block: L. Brasel, 1.
Kills: Ash. Gramlick, 2; Am. Gramlick, 1.
Aces: Am. Gramlick, 1; Ash. Gramlick, 1.
Assists: Am. Gramlick, 1; Brandi Issak, 1.
JV: South Central (11-2) won, 25-8, 25-17.
*Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Oct. 28 sample edition of The Leader-Union.*