Lady ‘Cats’ week of ups and downs

Photo by Shari Harris
Maddy Cole keeps the momentum going with this point, moving the score to 20-13 in the second set against Capital City. From left, Kamryn Barnes, Abby Cole, Kylie Taylor and Maggie Cline are prepared for a block.
By Shari Harris

Licking fell to the Mtn. View Liberty Eagles on Monday, Oct. 14, in an away game. The defeat didn’t get them down. The Lady Wildcats took on the Capital City Cavaliers Thursday at the Sherman Hill Field House. After the Junior Varsity dispatched the Cavaliers in two sets, 25-10 and 25-9, Varsity took the floor and overpowered Capital City, 25-14 and 25-6.
It was a special night for the Lady ‘Cats, with Licking wearing pink uniform tops in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The varsity players each dedicated their game to someone they knew who had battled cancer.
The ladies led off the first set with Abby Cole serving three aces and taking her team to a quick 4-0 lead. The battle was close over the next several points, with Licking maintaining a small lead, and letting the Cavaliers close to within three points twice, at 15-12 after which Coach Ashley Martin called timeout and again at 16-13. But the Lady ‘Cats stepped up and took charge at that point, running the score to 21-13 before Capital City scored their final point. Licking resumed control to close the set at 25-14.
Licking took control early in the second set, running the score to 9-1. The Cavaliers were never able to score more than one consecutive point throughout the set and Licking rolled to a 25-6 win. The scores were a little deceptive, as there were multiple occasions where the Cavaliers kept the ball alive for many exchanges, making the Lady ‘Cats fight for those points. Like the women to whom they dedicated their game, the team showed its ability to fight and outlasted Capital City in these battles.

Photo by Shari Harris
Maci Sparks goes up for a kill to raise the score to 17-8 
in the second JV set against Capital City. Winter Murray, 
#7 and Kasey Richards, #3, are also in the photo.
Licking’s Pep Band performed during warmup for the match, playing crowd favorites including: “Macarena,” “Sweet Caroline,” “YMCA,” “Louie, Louie,” and more. The Cats Meow gave a live performance of the national anthem, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” with their beautiful harmonies.
Saturday the team travelled to the Ozark tournament, where they overcame Carl Junction, 2 sets to one and lost two sets each to Christian, Ozark and Glendale. Other scores from the tournament were unavailable.
Licking finishes its final week of regular season action this week, with a home game Monday night, Oct. 21, against Eminence and ending with an away game at Willow Springs Thursday.

The Lady ‘Cats earned first seed in Class 2, District 9 play, which begins Oct. 28. Licking is hosting the district tournament this year. As first seed, the Lady ‘Cats will play Tuesday night at 5 p.m. against the winner of the opening night contest of fourth and fifth seed Conway and Houston. Second seed Cabool plays the 6 p.m. game Tuesday against the winner of Monday night’s third and sixth seed Liberty and Thayer matchup. CORRECTED: The winner of these two matches advance to the district finals immediately following on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.



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