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Jr. Lady Cyclones rally to win three-set thriller

BY AUSTIN ALEXANDER
STAR CORRESPONDENT
After a 50/50 start to the season, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Lady Cyclones took to the court on Tuesday hoping to prove that they’re above average.
 
The Lady Cyclones welcomed in the Lady Warriors of Sevier in what turned out to be a total swing of ebbs and flows. After what seemed to be a sure loss, the Lady Cyclones rallied to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
 
The first set saw an even battle, but Sevier led for the majority keeping just out of the reach of the Cyclones. 
 
The turning point in the set came when the Lady Cyclones trailed by 5, but an emphatic spike from Adrionna Bowman saw a small rally for T.A. Dugger to bring them within striking distance. 
 
With the set all knotted up, Zoe Proffitt took over serving duty and helped the Lady Cyclones to six consecutive points and the eventual set win.
During sets, the Cyclones must have forgotten about the match as the Warriors came out firing on all cylinders.
Despite flashes of promise, the Lady Cyclones just couldn’t find any kind of rhythm and Sevier would dominate the second set winning it 25-12.
Tied at one set apiece, the Lady Warriors looked to finish off the Cyclones with their massive momentum. They would do just that starting out the third set with an 11-3 lead.
Against all odds, coach Kendall Ivester called a timeout and must have given a pretty good speech as a fire lit under the Lady Cyclones as they began competing again.
Down 13-7, Zyleigh Bates got the serve for T.A. Dugger and she never looked back leading the Lady Cyclones to eight consecutive points and the match win.
A completely resilient win from a team that looked dead in the water, the Jr. Lady Cyclones proved that they’re not to be taken lightly this season.