Resur­gent Lady Panthers up­set ri­val LaFayette

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

It was quite a week for the Ridge­land Lady Panthers, who got a road split at Her­itage, knock­ing off stat­er­anked LaFayette in the process, be­fore win­ning all three of their matches in Sum­merville on Thurs­day.

Ridge­land gave Her­itage a run in their first match in Boyn­ton on Tues­day, los­ing 25-22 and 25-15. Jayda Jenk­ins had seven kills and three aces for the Lady Panthers, while Sarah Wil­liams added two aces.

How­ever, their sec­ond match saw them up­set sev­enth-ranked LaFayette with a thrilling 29-27 de­ci­sion in the open­ing set be­fore a sur­pris­ingly easy 25-9 vic­tory in the fi­nal set.

Jenk­ins had seven kills, nine digs, an ace and a block against LaFayette. Wil­liams picked up nine aces and four kills, while Tara Tay­lor had three aces. Rachel Atch­ley fin­ished with 16 as­sists, eight digs and a kill. Lan­dree Dunn had three kills and a block. Tori El­liott added three kills and Abbi Witherow picked up 10 digs and an ace.

They con­cluded the week on Thurs­day at Chat­tooga High School by win­ning three times to im­prove to 18-13 over­all (2-1 in Area 6-AAAA).

They picked up a 25-18, 25-22 win over Dal­ton be­hind five kills and nine digs by Jenk­ins and five kills from Wil­liams. Atch­ley had 10 as­sists and six digs. Witherow and Tay­lor had five digs and Ten­ley Moore picked up four digs. Syd­ney Davis had four digs and two kills, while El­liott recorded two kills.

Ridge­land han­dled Gaylesville (Ala.) by a count of 25-12 and 25-15. Atch­ley had 16 as­sists and three aces. Jenk­ins racked up 10 kills, five digs and three aces. Wil­liams added six aces, four kills and four digs and Witherow had nine digs and four aces.

The Black-and-White also held off the home team, who are cur­rently ranked No. 5 in Class AA, 25-13, 24-26 and 1513. Atch­ley had 16 more as­sists and seven digs. Jenk­ins had six kills and eight digs. El­liott recorded five kills. Lan­dree Dunn added three kills and Wil­liams picked up seven digs, three kills and two aces. Witherow had 16 digs, Moore added 14 and Tay­lor fin­ished with 11.

Ridge­land be­gan the week hav­ing won six of its last seven matches.

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