Se­nior night was a suc­cess for SHS girls

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD - By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledai­lynews.com

The smile on Kirsten Thomp­son's face told the story with­out her even say­ing a word.

Thomp­son par­tic­i­pated in vol­ley­ball for the first time this sea­son with the Starkville Lady Yel­low­jack­ets.

It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for Thomp­son. Thomp­son and two other se­niors fin­ished up the reg­u­lar sea­son for the Lady Jack­ets on Tues­day night with a 3-1 vic­tory over Mur­rah High School at the SHS gym­na­sium.

"It was some­thing new that I wanted to do and I'm re­ally happy I did it," Thomp­son said. "It was re­ally fun and I en­joyed it."

Thomp­son wishes she had more time with the Lady Jack­ets on the vol­ley­ball court, and coach Xa­vian Till­man would like to see her back also along with the other two se­niors in Jariyah Cov­ing­ton and Caitlin Beckum..

"This was her first year and she im­proved by a great amount," Till­man said. "I wish we could keep all three of them and I think we would be pretty good next year. Not say­ing we won't, but with those three, we wish we could keep them. I was re­ally proud of those girls."

After win­ning the first two sets over the Lady Mus­tangs with ease 25-10 and 25-11, Starkville dropped the third set to the vis­i­tors from Jack­son 25-18.

The Lady Jack­ets found them­selves down in the fourth set early 2-0 and 5-3, but were able to rally to claim a 25-15 vic­tory.

On the backs of those se­niors, Starkville ended the reg­u­lar sea­son on a pos­i­tive note. The Lady Jack­ets im­proved to 1415 over­all.

Till­man looked to Thomp­son, Cov­ing­ton and Beckum for of­fen­sive con­tri­bu­tions and she knows it's go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to re­place that.

"We're al­ready think­ing about who we can put out there to fill those shoes," Till­man said. "They are go­ing to be some big shoes to fill."

Starkville now waits to see if it has done enough to make the play­offs. The Lady Jack­ets have a Class III, Re­gion 3 record of 3-3 and the point sys­tem will de­ter­mine if they are in­cluded in the post­sea­son or not.

(Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)

Starkville High School se­nior vol­ley­ball play­ers Kirsten Thomp­son (30), Jariyah Cov­ing­ton (12) and Caitlin Beckum (15) were a part of a 3-1 win over Mur­rah on Tues­day night at home.

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