Lady Ram­blers fin­ish as area’s No. 2 seed

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

Dan Priest Gym­na­sium was the site of a Class AAAA top 10 bat­tle last Mon­day night as the third-ranked North­west Whit­field Lady Bru­ins came to south Walker County to take on sixth-ranked LaFayette.

And it was the vis­i­tors that got it done.

The Lady Bru­ins needed just two sets to pick up the win, al­though the Lady Ram­blers nearly sent the match to a tiebreak­ing third set. North­west won the opener, 25-14, but had to hold on for a 27-25 vic­tory in the sec­ond set.

Sarah Ray paced LaFayette with eight kills and a pair of blocks. Jil­lian Mor­gan had five blocks and four digs, but was held to just three kills. Emily Red­den had a solid al­laround match with nine as­sists, seven digs, two kills and a block. Katie Dixon and Bai­ley Tarvin had 11 digs each, wile Tarvin also picked up two aces.

Other con­trib­u­tors for LaFayette in­cluded Ela­nia Kirk­endoll (2 blocks), Blak­ley Lank­ford (8 digs), Michaela Hobbs (7 digs) and Darsey Shields (1 dig, 1 kill).

LaFayette sweeps on Se­nior Night

The Lady Ram­blers closed out a 4-2 reg­u­lar sea­son mark in Area 6-AAAA play with a pair of home wins on Se­nior Night last Tuesday night in south Walker County.

LaFayette (34-10) scored a 25-22, 25-11 vic­tory over Gilmer be­fore dis­patch­ing South­east Whit­field, 2519 and 25-18.

Se­niors Dixon and Red­den showed out for the Or­ange-and-Black. Dixon had 17 kills and 19 digs, while Red­den fin­ished with 42 as­sists, six digs and three aces.

“Katie is one of the most skilled play­ers in the area,” head coach Chris Lo­gan said. “She does all of the lit­tle things right and is pro­duc­ing solid numbers in ev­ery area. Emily has been a huge leader and has set the tone for many big games. I’m glad we’ve got some games left with them. We’re def­i­nitely go­ing to miss them next year.”

Gra­cie Stier re­turned to the lineup af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a sprained an­kle and had seven digs and three kills, while Tarvin col­lected 18 digs and five aces. Jil­lian Mor­gan had 17 kills, seven aces and six digs, while Lank­ford col­lected a dozen digs.

Other stand­outs in­cluded Kirk­endoll (2 kills, 1 block), Shields (3 digs, 3 kills), Ray (5 kills, 5 blocks) and Hobbs (3 digs, 1 ace).

LaFayette’s JV team

placed sec­ond in a tour­na­ment at Coahulla Creek on Satur­day.

The var­sity club was sched­uled to join Chris­tian Her­itage on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. tri-match at Ring­gold in the reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale. Re­sults were not avail­able as of press time.

The Area 6-AAAA tour­na­ment will get un­der­way on Thurs­day (Oct. 5) with first-round games be­ing played on the home court of the higher-seeded teams.

The first-round matchups will in­clude No. 7 Gilmer at No. 2 LaFayette (6 p.m.), No. 6 South­east Whit­field at No. 3 Her­itage (5:30 p.m.) and No. 5 Pick­ens and No. 4 Ridge­land (5:30 p.m.).

North­west Whit­field,

the reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pion, will re­ceive a first-round bye.

The re­main­der of the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment will be played at Ridge­land on Satur­day,. Oct. 7, start­ing at 9 a.m.

The top four teams will ad­vance to the Class AAAA state play­offs, while the top two teams will earn first-round state play­off matches at home. The state play­offs start on Oct. 11.

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