Lady Devils defeat Hardin to close out regular season
By Jamie Ausk Crisafulli
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The hometown Dawson County High School Lady Red Devils earned a big win over the Lady Bulldogs from Hardin Saturday night in the final conference game of the season.
The Lady Devils won the nailbiter in five games, with the final game coming down to a very close 15-13.
Scores against Hardin were 25-22, 18-25, 16-25, 27-25 and 15-13.
The Lady Devils are heading into tournament competition with two big conference wins under their belts — the first to Sidney on Tuesday and second to Hardin on Saturday. DCHS will enter the season in fifth place with a 3-7 conference record.
“Our team chemistry is better than it has been, we are really focusing on serve-receive and communicating more,” Coach Eva Crockett said. “We are trying to stay focused and do point-for-point and game-for-game.”
The No. 5 Lady Devils will face No. 4 Laurel on Thursday at 6 p.m., the opening match of the Eastern A Divisional Tournament in Sidney.
The Lady Devils faced Laurel twice this season, losing both times. The first time they played, DCHS lost in four games, the second went five games.
The Glendive coach is confident her team will compete well Thursday.
“We competed well against Laurel (during regular season play),” Crockett said. “We just need to minimize our mistakes and let them make the mistakes.”
DCHS 25 18 16 27 15
Hardin 22 25 25 25 13
DCHS stats: Aces 10 (Taya Torres 4); Kills 54 (Torres 22), Blocks 2 (Torres 1, Marenah Crockett 1); Digs 87 (Teia Knutson 21), Assists 43 (Knutson 33)
Hardin stats: Aces 18, (Sarah Murdock 6), Kills 47 (Elissa Lind 11, Keaunna Mason 11), Blocks 13 (Mason 7.5) Digs 98 (Darla Davisson 19, Sarah Edgar 19), Assists 44 (Davisson 41)
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