L/O coach gets her team ‘back’

(BCR photo/Hal Adkins)
Lady Lion setter Ashley Schrader set up teammates Toni Lawrence (left) and Vanessa Martinez in Thursday’s LTC game against Kirkland Hiawatha. The Lady Lions came back to beat Hinckley-Big Rock for fifth place Friday.

After a disappointing opening round loss to Indian Creek, LaMoille/Ohio coach Hallie May said it was nice to get her team back later in the week.

The third-seeded Lady Lions won the consolation prize on their home court Friday, defeating HBR 25-18, 26-24. They beat Kirkland Hiawatha 25-17, 25-12 Thursday.

“The girls and I talked about getting us back this week and playing our game,” she said. “We needed to get back to team play, win or lose, and I feel we accomplished that. The girls know the season is flying by - two weeks to regionals and we need to be at our best. The race is on.”

Shiela Browning had 10 points, four kills and four aces for L/O (11-9) and Kaitlyn Hughes added six digs and four points.

Top-seeded Newark captured the championship, defeating Somonauk 25-15, 25-9. Sixth-seed Indian Creek, which dropped LaMoille/Ohio Monday, defeated Serena 25-13, 25-17 for third place.

On Thursday, Browning had seven kills, a block and six points to lead L/O to victory over Hiawatha. Vanessa Martinez added four kills, four digs and five points; Toni Lawrence nine points, four digs and two kills; Sami O’Brien nine digs and two kills; and Ashley Schrader 15 assists.

Marquette 2, Putnam County 0: The Cru posted a 25-8 opening set victory, but the Lady Panthers pushed them to a 25-22 tally in the second. For PC, Taylor Erjasvek had six points; Paige Griffith 13 assists; and Annie Miller 10 digs.

Hall 2, DePue 0: The Lady Devils won a Tri-County Conference Tournament warm-up 25-23, 25-20 Thursday at Red Devil Gymnasium.

Tri-County Conference: Streator Woodland will take the No. 1 seed into the TCC Tournament Monday at DePue. The Warriors await the winner of Monday’s play-in match (5 p.m.) between No. 8 Lowpoint-Washburn and No. 9 Hall on Tuesday. Other top seeds are 2 Midland, 3 Marquette and 4 Putnam County.

Also Monday, Putnam County faces No. 5 Peoria Christian at 6 p.m. and No. 7 Henry meets No. 10 DePue, 7 p.m.

Regional seeds: Host Sterling received the top seed for the 3A regional which includes No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 Mendota. The Tigresses will face No. 4 Sandwich on Oct. 22 following the Mendota-Plano match. Rock Falls is the second seed.

St. Bede hosts the local 2A regional, drawing the fifth seed and opening match vs. No. 4 Putnam County on Oct. 22. No. 6 Hall will meet No. 3 Eureka in a field headed by Fieldcrest and El Paso-Gridley.

Also in 2A, Bureau Valley took the fifth seed at Orion, where it will face No. 4 Rockridge at 6 p.m. Oct. The host Chargers are top-seeded followed by Sherrard and Kewanee.

In 1A, LaMoille/Ohio is seeded second behind Newark at Earlville. The Lady Lions will meet the host Red Raiders on Oct. 23. DePue is No. 5 out of five teams at Roanoke.

Junior college: Highland defeated IVCC in Freeport Wednesday 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22. Sarah Lushina had 13 kills, and Crystalynn Washkowiak added 11 with Jessica Jessen making 27 digs.

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