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Rocky Road Continues for Lady Tigers

Posted: Thursday, Sep 27th, 2012

Photos/Barb Rapp

On Sept. 18 NCHS traveled to Guernsey for a nonconference game with the Lady Vikings, looking to avenge a close five set loss in Lusk Sept. 6. The home team took the upper hand first with a narrow 25-22 win in the first set. NCHS returned the favor in the second by the same score. G-S came back to capture the third set by a 25-21 score and won the match in four games by the slimmest of scores 25-23 in the final set.

Friday’s trip to Lingle was a matchup against the Wyopreps.com third ranked team in class 1A. The Lady Tigers continued their troubling trend of getting out of the gate slow in the first set, falling behind 10-5. The home team extended their lead to 18-11 before winning 25-14. Missed serves were the downfall for Lusk as they failed to get five good ones in play.

In the second set the score was tied at five, before NCHS got on a little run for the 12-10 lead. The set was then tied at 12 and 15 before LFL pulled away for the 25-17 win.

The third set might have been one of Lusk’s most competitive all season as they looked to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Lady Doggers. LFL got the first upper hand at 9-5 but NCHS rebounded to tie it at 13. Lusk took the lead for good as Kenzie Miller and Jessica Bruegger combined for seven points from the service line. The Lady Tigers limited their errors and were able to make the home team scramble for tough plays in capturing the 25-18 victory.

The Lady Doggers were able to regain their composure in the fourth set as they held off NCHS by the 25-18 score, to win the nonconference match 3-1.

A road trip to Saratoga on Saturday did not yield the results the Lusk girls wanted as they looked for a win against the vastly improved Lady Panthers. Another slow start for NCHS resulted in a 25-16 first set loss. Neither team was able to put the other away in the second until the Lady Tigers got the 28-26 win to even the match. The home team showed their impressive third place finish at the Lusk Invitational was no fluke as they took out Lusk in the next two sets. Scores of 25-19 and 25-22 were once again by the slimmest of margins, as NCHS fell to 0-5 in conference action.

Stat Leaders for NCHS: Hailey Bruegger- 14 kills, Sami Starkey- 9 digs, Lexie Dockery- 9 digs, J. Bruegger- 5 stuff blocks, McKayle Mosley- 4 stuff blocks, Kiffani Skrukrud- 17 assists, Jayci Shoults- 14 assists. Shoults was also 100 percent serving for the week.

The C-Squad lost to LFL in three close sets by scores of 25-23, 20-25 and 17-25, before rebounding to defeat the Lady Panthers Saturday in Saratoga by scores of 25-10, 16-25 and 25-22.

The Lady Tigers stretch run now features five straight home matches leading up to Regionals in three weeks. It begins with Homecoming against Pine Bluffs on Friday for three games starting at 3:30 p.m. at Tiger Gym. On Oct. 5 Burns visits and Oct. 6 Saratoga returns. On Oct. 12 Newcastle comes to town, followed by Senior Day Oct. 13 against LFL.

For the complete article see the 09-26-2012 issue.

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