Lady Hornets off to winning start on season

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Democrat Tribune Sports

In their annual county rivalry game last Tuesday, the Lady Hornets (6-3-1) volleyball team topped the Lady Wildcats 16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10.

Overall, though, coach Lauren Baker was pleased with the game and her team.

"We're playing very, very smart this year," she said. "If we'll just stay in games mentally there's no telling what we can do."

The senior varsity contest was the only match the Lady Hornets won on the night as Trumann took the junior high match 25-18, 25-17 and both the senior high and junior high B teams were won by the Lady Wildcats 25-23 and 25-14 respectively.

In the main event, Paige Beasley and Chelsea Condra were on target for the night. Beasley,in fact, was a perfect 20 for 20, seven of which were aces. Condra was nearly perfect going 24 for 26 and getting nine aces. Kristin Long had four blocks and three kills while Hilary Chappell finished with five kills.

Lady Hornets over Lady Bobcats

It took only two games for Harrisburg to defeat Walnut Ridge at home last Thursday as they dominated the Lady Cats 25-18, 25-13.

"Something we had struggled with was not being able to finish a game," said Lady Hornet coach Lauren Baker. "Against Walnut Ridge we were able to get a lot of kids in the game. And we seem to be improving every game. If we continue to be mentally prepared we'll be alright."

Andria Hutchison and Kristin Long led the Lady Hornets in the win with Hutchinson going 9 for 10 with three aces and 22 assists. Long finished with eight kills.

The junior Lady hornets came back to win their match in three after dropping the first game, 20-25, 25-13, 25-11. They were led by Melany Shadwick who was 25 for 25 with seven aces and four kills. Kiley Howton finished 12 for 13 with four aces,three blocks and three kills.

"With the junior high we're down this year," said Baker. "I'm starting two seventh graders and I've got three girls on the court who have never played before. So we just don't have the experience. We'll get better, though."


The Lady Hornets traveled to Little Rock last Saturday for Spikefest, a tournament involving many much larger schools in the state. Harrisburg was one of only two 3A schools competing in the 24-team tournament.

But, even though the competition was from schools in 4A through 7A classifications, the Lady Hornets faired impressively finishing with a second place designation in their bracket.

In bracket play they defeated 5A Magnolia 25-12, 25-22 and 6A Little Rock Fair 25-19, 25-15 before losing to 7A Little Rock Central 25-27, 25-13, 16-14 in the bracket final.

In pool play prior to the bracket contests the Lady Hornets lost to 7A Fort Smith Northside 25-22, 25-19 and 6A Marion 25-19, 25-17, then split with 6A Sheridan 25-15, 17-25.

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