Despite loss, Henry shows guts at Carroll

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By Greg Woods

For one set, it looked like the Henry County Lady Cats were heading for a straight-sets loss at Carroll County.

But the Lady Cats showed some intestinal fortitude and took the third game 27-25.

Carroll then regained their composure and took game 4 to win the match.

“The girls had a much better attitude by the third game, but we still need to work on everyone giving 100 percent all the time,” head coach Katie Ruff said. Right now we have a lot of girls giving 60 percent or 80 percent and only a few girls giving it everything they’ve got.”

Ruff saw good and bad in the third game comeback. “I do see the comeback in game three as somewhat of an improvement, but it is a setback as well. I think that we need to come out much stronger. I think we lost the second game that badly because our heads were down from losing the first game. It is nice to see they were at least able to pull it together for one game.”

The coach was happy with how some players stepped up in this match.

“Makenzie Johnson came off the bench and did a great job of making everyone on the court positive. She had some great passes as well. I was also very proud of Paige DeBurger who came in and gave it her all. Victoria Marcum had to step up in a big way and set for us at Carroll County as well. She was nervous at first, but did a really nice job of being a leader.”

HCHS 0 Spencer County 2

On Sept. 4, the Spencer County Lady Bears jumped out to 6-2 lead and looked to be cruising early, but the Lady Cats fought back to tie the score 9-9.

Spencer edged to a 13-11 lead and then went on a 5-0 run to make it 18-11. The run was the key to the victory in game one as the Lady Cats could get no closer than four points at 23-19 the rest of the way.

In the second game, Spencer lead early again at 4-2, but the Lady Cats fought back to take a 6-4 lead. At 6-5 Megan Payton got a kill to make it 7-5 Lady Cats. Payton then served two aces to extend the lead to 9-5.

Spencer then clawed their way back in front at 11-10. The decisive run came at 14-13, when the Lady Bears scored 6 straight points to make it 20-13. They went on to a 25-17 victory.

Ruff was disappointed with her team’s play. “We did not play very well,” she said. “I think we have a lot of work to do, which as a coach can be pretty scary when we are half way through the season. We had some really great things happen, but we followed them up with mediocre plays that really hurt us.”

Ruff remains pleased with the development of sophomore hitter Destany Crawford. “Destany played pretty well, but what impresses me the most about her is her never say die attitude,” Ruff said. “She can make a mistake and just come back and do the greatest thing you have ever seen. She is always positive, and no matter what happens she is always trying to improve.”

The coach thinks that the team’s mindset is the thing that needs improvement as the season winds down. “We have to improve our attitude. We have got to stop getting upset with ourselves when we make a mistake. Instead of getting down, we need to get back in it and try harder! Another key thing we are going to have to work on is keeping the momentum in a game when we finally have it.

“We are going to have a really tough practice after this game and I hope it makes us hungry to go out and get some big wins the rest of the season!”