Her­itage staves off Ringgold in Ca­toosa County show­down

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

The Ringgold Lady Tigers thrilled the crowd at David Moss Gym­na­sium last Tues­day with some in­cred­i­ble de­fen­sive plays and world-class digs.

How­ever, the Blue­and-White just couldn’t find enough of­fense to go with their de­fense and cross-town ri­val Her­itage was able to make the short drive back to Boyn­ton with a 25-17, 25-22 vic­tory in the non-area match.

The Lady Gen­er­als led 7-1 and 19-11 in the open­ing set be­fore the Lady Tigers used a 5-1 run to get back into it and cut the Her­itage lead to four. But the Navy-and-Red refused to let the home team take the mo­men­tum as they used a 5-1 run of their own to close out the open­ing set.

In the sec­ond and what would be­come the final set, Ringgold used their de­fense to erase a pair of four­point deficits and tie the match at 15. The score would be knot­ted again at 17 and again at 20 be­fore kills by Ma­cie Stephens and Macy Har­ris put Her­itage back in front by two.

K.K. Miller would win a joust at the net to add to the lead, but more out­stand­ing de­fense by the Lady Tigers forced a Ringgold er­ror af­ter a long rally. How­ever, Ringgold couldn’t keep it go­ing as a hitting er­ror of their own gave the point right back and gave Her­itage match point at 24-21.

The Lady Tigers got a brief stay as a Her­itage shot fell out of bounds, but one final cross-court kill by Kali Brown would ham­mer home the final nail as the Lady Gen­er­als took the win.

Brown had 11 digs, seven kills and an ace in the win. Har­ris col­lected six digs, four kills and an ace, while Ash­ley Clin­ton served up 16 as­sists to go with four digs.

It was the sec­ond win of the night for the Lady Gen­er­als, who eas­ily took out Adairsville, 25-8 and 25-9, in the night’s sec­ond match. Har­ris had seven kills, while Stephens fin­ished with six. Clin­ton chipped in with 14 as­sists and four aces. Made­lyn Thomp­son added four aces and four digs, while Ni­cole Fine served up three aces.

Ricki Lynn Bick­ley had four kills, two aces and nine digs for Ringgold against Her­itage. Chloe Hall fin­ished with 21 digs to go with two kills and a pair of aces. Zoie Met­calf had two kills, six as­sists, eight digs and an ace, while Lau­ren Terrell fin­ished the match with eight digs.

Also con­tribut­ing for the Lady Tigers was Jasley Brooks (4 digs, 1 ace), Bethany Thoma­son (1 kill, 1 dig) and Emily Ri­d­ley (5 digs).

Ringgold also breezed past the other Lady Tigers, 25-8 and 256, in the night’s open­ing con­test.

Hall had a solid match against Adairsville with four kills, six aces and seven digs. Met­calf racked up 13 as­sists, two aces and two digs. Bick­ley fin­ished with 11 digs to go with four kills and an ace, while Terrell had five aces and four digs.

Brooks (1 kill, 1 ace), Thoma­son (4 kills, 2 digs), Ri­d­ley (1 dig) and Jewel Parham (5 digs) also con­trib­uted to the win.

Her­itage sweeps in Chatsworth

The Lady Gen­er­als barely broke a sweat this past Thurs­day as they breezed past Model and Mur­ray County dur­ing a tri-match,

Her­itage (18-5) beat Model, 25-6 and 25-12, as Brown had seven kills and seven digs. An­nie Brit­ton chipped in with 10 digs.

In their other match, the Navy-an­dRed thumped the Lady In­di­ans, 25-12 and 2511, as Brown had eight kills, seven digs and two aces. Clin­ton fin­ished with 17 as­sists.

Ringgold splits in Sum­merville

The Tigers went 1-1 in a pair of matches at Chat­tooga High School on Thurs­day, beat­ing LFO, but los­ing to the Lady In­di­ans in three sets.

Ringgold beat LFO, 25-10 and 25-18, in a non-area match. Bick­ley had a team-high six kills to go with 11 digs. Hall picked up five kills, four digs and two aces, while Thoma­son had four kills, four digs and an ace.

Met­calf recorded 15 as­sists to go with four digs, two kills and two aces. Terrell had 13 digs and an as­sist. Ri­d­ley chipped in with five digs, Brooks added a kill and Parham had two digs and an ace.

The Lady Tigers (139) came up short against Chat­tooga, 25-23, 18-25 and 15-7. Hall had five kills, two aces and 15 digs. Met­calf added five kills, five digs, four aces and 11 as­sists, while Thoma­son col­lected four kills, six digs and

an ace. Also con­tribut­ing for

Ringgold was Brooks (11 digs, 2 aces, 1 kill), Terrell (5 digs, 2 as­sists), Ri­d­ley (8 digs) and Parham (2 kills, 1 dig). The Lady Tigers were with­out Bick­ley for the

match for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons af­ter get­ting shaken up in warm-ups.

All matches for Mon­day and Tues­day were can­celeld due to school clos­ings.

Her­itage’s Macy Har­ris puts a shot past the de­fense of Ringgold Bethany Thoma­son (10) and Lau­ren Terrell dur­ing last week’s match in Ringgold. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Scott Herpst)

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