Lady Pan­thers thump Dade on Se­nior Night

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The Ridge­land Lady Pan­thers cel­e­brated Se­nior Night on Mon­day and did so by rolling past vis­it­ing Dade County, 25-13 and 25-11.

The Lady Wolver­ines were up 8-7 in the early stages of the first set, look­ing to spoil the night’s fes­tiv­i­ties. But fol­low­ing a time­out, the Lady Pan­thers reeled off 12 of the next 13 points, in­clud­ing six straight ser­vice points by Ten­ley Moore, to take con­trol.

Ridge­land would keep their foot on the gas pedal af­ter that as they rode the mo­men­tum to a vic­tory in the sec­ond set, clinch­ing the match.

Rachel Atch­ley had 14 as­sists and three aces, while fel­low se­nior Abbi Witherow had three aces and three digs from her libero spot.

Jayda Jenk­ins and Lan­dree Dunn each fin­ished with seven kills, while Sarah Wil­liams ended her night with five aces.

Fol­low­ing Mon­day’s win, the Lady Pan­thers scored a 25-22, 25-20 home win over Pick­ens on Tuesday, but pro­ceeded to end the week with three straight losses.

Third-ranked North­west Whit­field pre­vented a tri-match sweep on Tuesday by beat­ing Ridge­land, 2513 and 25-17. Ridge­land took one on the chin at South­east Whit­field, 2523 and 25-12, on

Wednesday and Thurs­day saw the Black-and-White cross state lines to nearby Chat­tanooga Chris­tian, only to be handed a 2514, 25-8, 25-10 loss in a best-of-five match.

Jenk­ins had 11 digs and nine kills against Pick­ens, while Tara Tay­lor had nine digs and six aces. Witherow fin­ished with 16 digs,

Atch­ley had 12 as­sists and Wil­liams col­lected two kills and two blocks.

Against the Lady Bru­ins, Jenk­ins and Lan­dree Dunn had four kills apiece. Witherow recorded 11 digs, while Atch­ley had nine as­sists and an ace.

Jenk­ins and Dunn both had four kills and a block against the Lady Raiders. Atch­ley fin­ished with 13 as­sists, seven digs, two kills and an ace. Witherow had nine digs, while Tori El­liott and Syd­ney

Davis fin­ished with two kills apiece.

Then against the Charg­ers, Atch­ley had eight digs and nine as­sists in the match. Wil­liams recorded five kills and an ace. Jenk­ins had three kills and seven digs, while Davis had two kills and five digs.

Ridge­land (20-16, 3-3) was slated to play at Coahulla Creek at 5 p.m. on Tuesday be­fore host­ing Pick­ens in the area tour­na­ment on Thurs­day at 5:30.

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