South Central had been the school getting revenge lately, knocking off Dieteirich and St. Elmo, who had beaten them earlier in the season. But Tuesday the Lady Cougars were the victims of revenge.
Earlier in the season, South Central had beaten Cumberland, but it wouldn’t happen a second time.
On Tuesday, Lady Pirates controlled game one, winning by seven, 18-25. With the end of the season looming, the Lady Cougars battled through game two, trying to force a decisive third game. In the end, they would come up short, losing 24-26.
Emily Atwood had four kills in the loss.
Kelsey Uphold, Katie Crain, Carissa Lotz and Kinzie Neilson each had two kills. Lotz also had four assists. Kendra Schaal had a team-high seven assists.
For the sixth time in South Central head coach Mary Brimberry’s tenure, the Lady Cougars headed to a sectional after winning their regional championship, 25-27, 25-20, 26-24, over Dieterich.
The Lady Cougars toughest match of the regional turned out to be the regional championship, and rightfully so. South Central, the No. 3 seed, was up against host school and No. 1 seed Dieterich, who had beaten them earlier in the season.
Allthough Dieterich lost an early lead and trailed by as many as six, it was able to pull off a 27-25 win. There were five ties to start the game but it was South Central that came out of the last one, 8-7. It built its lead to 18-12, before a 6-0 run by the Movin’ Maroons tied the game at 18-18.
Dieterich took the lead, 20-19, and would not trail again. South Central tied the game at 23, 24 and 25, but Dieterich was able to go up two to win game one, 27-25.
Game two played out a little differently and wasn’t the nail-biter that game one was. Facing elimination, the Lady Cougars were able to rally, leading from the start and never relinquishing it. The closest the Movin’ Maroons would get was 22-20, but South Central scored three consecutive points to win, 25-20.
Game three was déjà vu of the first. The schools traded leads to start the game, with the Cougars coming out of a 4-4 tie, 5-4. Their lead grew to as many as seven at 18-11, but an 8-1 lead by Dieterich tied the game at 19-19. The Lady Cougars came out of the tie on top, but the Maroons wouldn’t back down, tying the game at 23 and then 24.
Two consecutive points by South Central gave them a 26-24 win and sent them to the Bridgeport sectional.
South Central def. St. Elmo
With both South Central and St. Elmo in the semifinals of the Dieterich regional, one Fayette County school was guaranteed a spot in the regional championship.
Game one of the match started off sloppy, perhaps because both schools were coming off of wins earlier in the night.
South Central sustained a lead through the rough times, but St. Elmo was able to go on a 5-0 run following a timeout to tie the game at 10-10. A 5-0 run by the Lady Cougars gave them the lead again. This time they held on to it, outscoring St. Elmo 15-5, to get the 25-15 victory.
Being outscored 3-1 to lose game one seemed to stick with the Eagles as they entered game two.
They were outscored 2-1 throughout most of the second game. As South Central took a 20-11 lead, many of the St. Elmo players saw the end of the road for their season and their emotions got the better of them.
South Central punched their ticket to the regional championship with a 25-13 win.
South Central, the No. 3 seed, made mince meat of Altamont has they dominated the Indians all night. The Lady Cougars jumped out to 7-0 lead to start the game one, but Altamont was able to cut the lead to two, following a timeout. South Central built another seven-point lead just minutes later, going up 14-7. The lead would be as high as nine before the Lady Cougars went on a 5-0 run to win game one, 25-14.
Altamont hung with South Central early in game two. After tying the game at 6-6 , the Lady Cougars went on a 6-0 run and their lead was never challenged again. South Central won by eight, 25-17.
St. Elmo def. Oblong
The Eagles opened their night with a close match against Oblong. The two schools matched each other point for point in the early going, but it was Oblong that came out of the fray with a 6-3 advantage. St. Elmo was able to fight their way back into the game, going on a 10-0 run to take a 16-9 lead. The Eagles won 25-15.
St. Elmo controlled game two from the start. The Eagles went on a 5-0 run to start the match and never looked back. They lead by as many as 12 and won 25-14.
Brownstown had the distinction of being the only school to lose to a lower seed in the opening round of the Dieterich Regional. The Bombers, the No. 4 seed, were upset by North Clay, the No. 5 seed, last Wednesday.
Although it was an upset, it was a blowout by the Cardinals most of the night. They were able to jump out to a 9-4 lead early and soon pushed it to an eight-point game at 19-11. North Clay went on a 6-4 run to win game one, 25-15.
The Bombers couldn’t shake off the loss in game two and trailed from the start, a four-point lead for North Clay quickly turned into a eight-point lead. Brownstown was never in contention and fell 25-12.
Amy Fulk had four kills on the night and finishes her high school career with 988 kills. Fulk will be one of the top volleyball prospects in Fayette County for college recruiters. Shelby Pryor and Brittany White each had two kills. Morgan Stinebring had eight assists and Breann Barnick had two blocks.
North Clay would lose to No. 1 seed Dieterich later in the evening.
The Bombers end their season at 16-13, head coach Toby Harms’ second 16-win season in three years and best season (.511) during his 12-year tenure.