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L/O coach gets her team ‘back’

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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