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Lady Warriors can’t overcome miscues in straight-set loss

BY AUSTIN ALEXANDER
STAR CORRESPONDENT

HAPPY VALLEY – The Hancock County Lady Indians made the trip to Carter County to take on the Happy Valley Lady Warriors on Tuesday.

The Lady Warriors season thus far has been a bumpy one, but they were looking to bounce back.

Despite a very close match, Hancock County managed to find the points when they mattered the most, defeating the Lady Warriors in straight sets, 3-0.

In set one, Hancock County took the early lead and continued to beat back challenges from the Warriors. A Makenzie Keller spike brought the score to 5-4 in favor of the Lady Indians.

But, the Lady Indians wouldn’t let the Warriors get much closer as they continued to hold and extend their lead until Happy Valley clawed their way back to knot things at 11.

Happy Valley would then take over the lead and build on it with great plays from Rylee Ray and Reagan Street.

The Lady Indians wouldn’t let them get too far ahead, however, as they would equalize the score at 18 before taking the lead themselves. They would hold onto the lead and grab the first set win, 25-20.

Set two opened with Happy Valley building an early lead including a point scored off a diving effort from Cassidy Wilson. A Hancock County rally tied the set at eight before a Madison Lingerfelt ace put the Warriors back up.

The two teams continued to exchange the lead until Hancock County decided they were going to take full control. Even then, the Lady Warriors tied things back up and pushed the Lady Indians to the brink.

But every punch Happy Valley threw, the Lady Indians had an answer for winning a close set, 25-23.

In the third set, the Lady Warriors duplicated the early success of set two with a lead that quickly evaporate.

The third set also made it evident that Happy Valley was struggling when serving. This and other miscues from the Lady Warriors were the ultimate downfalls for them.

Hancock County would take control in the back half of the set and finish out Happy Valley in straight sets, 3-0.