HS Volleyball: Alcorn Central 3 Corinth 2
The Alcorn Central Lady Bears Julianna Potts’ third ace sailed over the net and landed in the middle of the Corinth Lady Warriors’ defense to end the fifth set and handed Central the 3-2 win in volleyball action Tuesday. “She was probably our best server tonight,” Alcorn Central head coach Eric Lancaster said. “You couldn’t ask for a better person to be on the line at the end of the last set.“It was a good way to end it. A good excalamation set on a good fifth set.” In the first set, Corinth led by as many as six at 21-15 and closed out the set with another six point lead at 25-19. Alcorn Central had gotten as close as three on several occasions, including 22-19 late in the set, but could only get within two at 12-10 and 17-15. The Lady Warriors finished the set on a 5-2 run, highlighted by a Saili Weeden kill to put Corinth within one point of the win at 24-19. “We had moments of greatness,” Corinth head coach Kelly Wright said. “We had moments where our youth shined through without any doubt.” Alcorn Central took the second set 25-20. The Bears lead swelled to 10 at 19-9, highlighted by a Madison Cornelius ace to give the Lady Bears an eight point lead at 15-7. Another Weeden kill cut AC’s lead to six at 24-18. The Warriors battled to within four at 24-20. Corinth took the third set 25-18. The Warriors led by as much as seven on three occasions, at 19-12, 21-14, 22-15, 23-16 and 25-18. The set was highlighted by back-to-back Weeden kills and a kill each by Kirsten Herman and Kate Madden Worsham. The Bears had two kills and an ace from Malory Wigginton in the set. In the fourth set, Alcorn Central led by as much as six at 21-15 and 22-16 before the Warriors fought back to within two at 24-22, before the Bears closed the set at 25-22. Corinth got three kills from Herman and one from Worsham in the tie-breaker set, but could only manage one tie at 2-2, trailed by as much as four at 12-8 and 13-9 before Potts’ ace. Wigginton and Mary Fran Robbins had a kill each for the Bears in the final frame. Olivia Wilson finished with 16 kills for Alcorn Central. She added four aces and seven digs. “Corinth is a big rival,” Lancaster said. “They’re probably the best volleyball program in the area. It’s always big for us to beat a quality team like Corinth.” Herman finished with a team high 15 kills. “There has yet to be a team that can stop her,” Wright said. “She is an unbelievable athlete. I wish we could have used her more tonight.” Weeden had five kills Allison Green had four kills. Greene and Weeden had two aces each. With the loss, Corinth falls to 13-7 and hosts Tishomingo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. With the win, Alcorn Central improves to 17-4 and hosts West Memphis Christian at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
HS Softball: Thrasher 12 New Site 7
Thrasher head coach Susan Bane has seen her Lady Rebels squad go thru some up’s and down’s since the beginning of the season.
But Tuesday was definitely an up night for Thrasher as they hosted local rival New Site and took a 12-7 win in front of a happy home crowd.
“We played really well tonight,” said Bane. “We have been playing better recently and beating New Site was big because we’re tied in the standings.”
The Lady Rebels jumped to a 3-0 lead before the Lady Royals tied the game at 3 in the top of the third. That’s when Thrasher turned up the heat and scored six more over the following two innings to grab a 9-3 advantage.
Thrasher and New Site are both tied in division play at 3-5 while the Lady Rebels are 9-9 overall.