The Henry County Lady Cats defeated the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats Thursday night in Warsaw to finish 4-4 in the district and get the number three seed for the district tournament. The Cats will take on Carroll County, who finished as the second seed.
The Lady Cats dominated Gallatin County with a strong start and never let up winning, 25-14, 25-9, 25-12.
“I was really worried that we would come out and assume we were going to win just by showing up, but I was very proud of my team for taking the lead early and not relaxing,” coach Katie Ruff said. “They were ready for every point and played hard throughout the game. We did not play comfortable; we played to win.
“All the players did some really great things in the game. Paige and Kim had some great hits from the outside. Megan and Devin were getting blocks and had some of the best net play I have seen this season. Vic was always encouraging the team and flying all over the court to get to the second hit. Molly was passing well, and anyone that came off the bench went in and played hard for the team. We finally got some confidence back last night and I hope that this continues for the remainder of the season.”
HCHS 0 Collins 2
The Lady Cats hosted Collins on Oct. 2 and fell to the Lady Titans 25-12, 25-20.
Ruff saw some signs of improved play in the second set. “The first set started out pretty much like we ended with Carroll County the night before,” Ruff said.
“But we regrouped and talked after the first set and the girls started playing better. When the score was 24-16, our girls finally started showing some desire to win. We cut it to 24-20, but the game ended on a missed serve. I was proud of the heart they showed in the final points of the game. It seemed like they were really starting to become the team I saw play in the Anderson County tournament.”
HCHS 0 Carroll County 3
The Lady Cats looked to build some momentum from the improved play in the Anderson County Invitational, but could not get anything going against the visiting Lady Panthers of Carroll County on Oct. 1.
The Cats took an early 8-6 lead in the first game but Carroll County roared back after a timeout to go up 18-13. From there the Lady Panthers maintained a five to six point lead until they won with a kill shot at 25-18.
The second game started with both teams trying to establish some consistency as both teams suffered from unforced errors.
With the Cats leading 6-5, Teagan Fish got a kill to give the Cats a two-point lead. But it would be short-lived as the Cats began to have trouble in all phases of the game. Carroll County went on a 13-3 run to take a commanding 18-10 lead and cruised to a 25-12 win.
The Lady Cats seemed dazed by their second game performance and got off to a slow start in game three. Carroll County reeled off six points to start the game before Henry County called timeout to regroup. Megan Peyton got a kill out of the timeout to stop Carroll’s momentum.
Carroll County got momentum back quickly and built a 15-6 lead before the Cats began to claw their way back.
After a Carroll County service error, the Cats reeled off four straight points to pull within 15-11. Carroll finally stopped the run with a well-placed shot into open court. But three consecutive unforced errors by Carroll County let the Cats back into the game at 16-14.
At that point Carroll County began to dominate at the net with several kill shots and blocks and went on to win the final game 25-18.
Ruff was not happy with the performance by her team. “We did not come out ready to play and after we lost the first game we had given up. It was like no one had any fight. Everyone made mistakes and they were all blaming each other for the mistakes. We just had no life in this game.”