By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Bolton Lady Wildcats came in town to ruin the festivities at the William Osteen Gymnasium Sept. 30. The Lady Trojans had laser focus in the opening set winning 25-10. Then Bolton adjusted and played with more intensity to claim the second set 25-23.
With a wake-up call, the Lady Trojans held off the Lady Wildcats to take the next two sets 25-16and 25-21.
The first set displayed Millington at its best with Ally Marona protected the net with blocks. Avery Smith and Kayla Dawson got into the scoring act with points during the middle stretch. Ahead 19-10, the Lady Trojans got an highlight-level play from Peerey. The senior made a diving save that sent the ball across the net for a point. Marona served up an ace to win the frame 25-10.
Bolton came out in the second set and delivered a haymaker. The Lady Wildcats had the Lady Trojans dazed surging ahead 7-3.
Millington collected itself to deadlock the second set at 10-10 courtesy of a score from Jeffries. After the scoreboard read 13-13, the Lady Wildcats kept pace with the Lady Trojans until winning the set.
The adjustment Millington needed to make in the third set came behind the serving line. Smith, Peerey and Marona scored in bunches with serves to give Millington a 2-1 lead in sets.
Bolton was more competitive after losing 25-16 in the third set. The Lady Wildcats tallied 21 points in the fourth set.
But the serving of Marona was good enough for Millington to stay ahead until victory.