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Early Season District Game Goes to Dyer County

 Bingham tries to slap down a spike on the Lady Choctaws.

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

That wasn’t a misprint on the Brighton Lady Cardinal schedule.

It read Aug. 28 against the Dyer County Lady Choctaws. The Lady Cardinals welcomed their league rivals for an early District 13-3A game.

“That is kind of early for a district game,” Brighton Head Coach Cheryl Jacobs acknowledged. “We’ve only played two games.”

And when the night was complete, Lady Choctaws like juniors Amber Tolley and Madeline Chilcutt made plays and serves leading to a 25-16, 25-17 and 25-22 victory.

Usually district games start in September giving teams enough time to adjust lineups and discover strategies. The Lady Cardinals were no different entering the game against Dyer County.

“We are working on a new lineup,” Jacobs noted. “We’re working trying to do a 5-1 and our game at the net. It’s just sometimes we still have a few holes in that process. So we have to go back and convert.”

Chilcutt found holes early in the Brighton defense to help her team jump out 7-1 in the first set. The junior served up four aces in the process.

Lady Cardinal Hailley Shepard stopped the bleeding with a kill. Then her teammate McCallie Ruffin hit back-to-back aces to make the score 7-5. Brighton did trimmed the deficit to 12-9 at one point.

But the Lady Choctaws behind blocks at the net by Tolley outscored the Lady Cardinals 13-7 down the stretch to take the first set.

To begin the second set, Jacobs sent a fresh six to the court featuring players like Morgan Shaver, Lilly Hill, Caroline Davis and Laura Judy.

“I have a deep bench,” she said. “It’s not so much the starting lineup. My bench is real deep so I have people I can put in to make changes and maybe get more height on the net for blocker.

“So that when I make subs like that, my lineup is pretty set as for the starters,” she added. “But my bench is so deep, I can put people in and it keeps the flow of the game.”

The new six kept the second set close at 5-4 in favor of Dyer County. The Lady Choctaws maintained the lead at 13-9.

Then Shaver dominated at the net with two blocks to trim the deficit in half. Then when Davis served up an ace the score was 13-12.

The Lady Choctaws regrouped to build a 19-12 advantage. Shaver and Hill slammed down spikes that later made the tally 19-15. Then Dyer County pulled away with a 6-2 run to take a 2-0 set lead.

In the third set Brighton was ahead late 20-19 after Lulu Smith scored on a tip. The final set went back and forth until the Lady Cardinals hit the ball into the net giving Dyer County the set 25-22 and a district win.

Jacobs said she didn’t like dropping the first league game but it will benefit her team down the road.

“We’re learning a new level every time we go out for a ball game,” she concluded. “This is what we need early before we get into the heart of the schedule.”

 

 

 

 

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