After winning the Midland Trail Conference out right with a 10-0 record, it seemed only natural that South Central run the table in the MTC Tournament.
The Lady Cougars encountered little resistance as they continued to dominate the conference like they did all season. In the opening round last Thursday, they downed Webber Township, 25-13, 25-16. Later in the evening they toppled Wayne City, 25-17, 25-13. And they finished the night with a victory over Noble, 25-19, 25-18.
Kendra Schaal had a team-high 43 assists to go along with 22 points, six kills and three aces on the night. Krista Lotz led the Cougars with 33 points, three kills and an ace. Kelsey Uphold had a team-high 14 kills, 23 points, three aces and two stuffs. Carissa Lotz had a smorgasbord or stats, picking up 27 points, 22 assists, 12 kills, two stuffs and an ace to top it off.
Thursday’s win also gave the Lady Cougars their 20th win of the season, 10th consecutive 20-win season and 12th 20-win season under coach Mary Brimberry (16 seasons).
Coming off three matches on Thursday night, South Central may have been a little fatigued going in the semifinal match against Grayville on Friday. The Lady Cougars dropped game one, 13-25, before storming back to win game two, 25-23, and the decisive game three, 15-13.
Uphold had 10 kills in the win and 11 points. Emily Atwood and Kenzie Neilson each had nine kills. Carissa Lotz had a team-high 14 assists.
The MTC Championship would be South Central’s second game of the day and fifth in the last two days. Despite all the time on the court, the Lady Cougars defeated Clay City, 25-23, 25-21, showing little signs of fatigue.
Schaal led with 16 points, 14 assists, four kills and an ace. Neilson had 10 points and 10 kills.