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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Cowgirls shoot Lady Devils down in five games Saturday night

By Vicki Viall

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School gymnasium was packed in pink Saturday night for the Pack the Place in Pink volleyball game versus Miles City. 

The varsity Lady Devils took the court after a break in the action for LaDonna School of Dance performers followed by cancer survivor Danise Jones’ testimony.

The Lady Devils took the court fired up and ready to take down the Miles City Cowgirls. They played tough, focused volleyball, talked and backed each other up and took the first game.

The second game, the Cowgirls rebounded and kept the Lady Devils back on their heels. Though confident and focused in the first game, the team was off kilter the entire second game which went to Miles City.

The third game was a repeat of the second. Frustration was evident on the face of each Lady Devil as well as the coaching staff.

The fourth game, though still frustrated, the Lady Devils had a come-from-behind win in the fourth game.

The fifth game was an all out battle. Still fighting some unfocused moments, the Lady Devils again came from behind to catch and pass the Cowgirls. Then a couple of what the coaches considered questionable calls seemed to take the air out of the team and they fell in the fifth game.

Final scores were: 25-21, 10-25, 16-25, 25-21 and 13-15.

“Our girls were playing on heart even when they lost focus,” stated head coach Eva Crockett.

“We played hard but we were making way too many mental errors.”

With frustration still evident, Crockett could just shake her head.

“Our focus for the next couple of weeks will be our mental game,” she concluded.

Stats were: Serve: 87 per cent; aces: seven (Marenah Crockett three, Stephanie Carney two); kills: 35 (Taya Torres 11, Crockett nine, Ceeara Staiger nine); assists: 31 (Teia Knutson 30); blocks: two (Crockett one, Torres one); digs: 75 (Knutson 17, Savanna Keiser 15).

This loss brings the Lady Devils to 1-3 in conference and 4-4 overall.

The freshmen took the court first and fell in three straight games: 13-25, 13-25 and 6-15.

The junior varsity followed with a hard fought loss in three straight games: 23-25, 20-25 and 12-15.

Stats for the jv were: serve: 87 per cent; aces: 11 (Abby Hill four, Alyssa Kessel two); kills: 13 (Kessel five, Adalie Reinhart two); assists: eight (Averie Skillestad four, Abby Hill two); blocks: four (Reinhart two, Morgan Wetz one, Talia Zimdars one); digs: 44 (Jaley Wyse nine, Kessel eight, Reinhart seven).

The team has a week to get their focus and game back on track. They travel to Sidney on Saturday, Oct. 25 to play both Laurel and Billings Central. The play begins at 11 and will be junior varsity and varsity only.

Then they return to Sidney on Tuesday, Oct. 28 to take on Sidney. The play begins that day with the freshman team at 4, followed by the jv team at 5:30 and the varsity beginning at 7.

Vicki Viall can be contacted at rrwriter@rangerreview.com.

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