County teams compete at Bryson Tournament

The Saint Jo volleyball team were runners-up in silver bracket at the Bryson Tournament. (Courtesy photo)

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers played in their first volleyball tournament at Bryson this past weekend.
While pool play proved to be tough, the Lady Panthers were able to have a successful run in the silver bracket all the way up to the championship game, where they fell just short to Alvord.
Saint Jo lost pool games against Benjamin (25-15, 25-19), Alvord (31-29, 25-18) and Graham’s junior varsity (25-19, 25-20).
During the silver bracket on Saturday, the Lady Panthers were able to put some things together. They picked up their first win against Graford easily 25-12 and 25-16.
Next foe Electra was not much better as Saint Jo won 25-17 and 25-15 to earn a rematch against Alvord in the silver bracket championship game.
The Lady Panthers proved they were a different team than the Lady Bulldogs had faced the day before by winning the first set 25-21. Alvord came back to win the second set 25-19 to force a third and final set. The final score was close, but the Lady Bulldogs had Saint Jo’s number as they won 15-11.
The Lady Panthers play their next tournament this weekend in Savoy.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears had a great first tournament in Bryson during the weekend.
The Lady Bears came away from the tournament with the consolation championship in the gold bracket.
In pool play, Gold-Burg started with Graford. The Lady Bears won both sets easily with scores of 25-13 and 25-17. The second game against their tournament host would be a bit more challenging.
Gold-Burg won the first set easily 25-11, but Bryson won a much closely contest second set 25-22 to force a third set. The Lady Bears were able to regroup and win the third set 15-11.
The day did not end as positively as the rest of the day. Quanah beat Gold-Burg in straight sets with scores of 25-19 in both, but the Lady Bears did enough to earn a spot in the gold bracket on Saturday.
Gold-Burg got a tough matchup to start off the day against Graham’s junior varsity. The Lady Bears could not get anything going as 4A program’s JV won 25-15 in both sets. The Lady Blues would go on to win the tournament.
Gold-Burg was then put into the consolation bracket where it played Graham’s freshman team. The Lady Bears experience and maturity factored into their dominance against the Lady Blues as they won 25-9 and 25-16 to get to the consolation championship game.
Gold-Burg would face off against Benjamin in the final. The Lady Bears struck first with a first set win of 25-20. The Lady Mustangs were able to strike back in the second set, winning 25-19 to force a third and final set. Gold-Burg did just enough to come out on top as it won 15-12 to win the consolation title.
Gold-Burg plays its next tournament at Chico this weekend.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs traveled to Bryson last weekend to play in their first tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs made it to the gold bracket after successful pool play, but fell before they could reach the title game.
Prairie Valley opened the tournament against Perrin-Whitt in pool play. The first set was competitive and could have gone either way, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled out the win 25-23. The second set was all Prairie Valley as it got a lead early and just did not let up as the Lady Bulldogs won the set 25-10 to take the match.
The second game in pool play came against Electra. Right away, Prairie Valley realized it would not have as much as an easy time. The Lady Tigers took it to the Lady Bulldogs to win the first set 25-18.
Prairie Valley would not take that sitting down. It stormed back to win the second set easily 25-10 to force a third and final set. While more competitive than the second set, the Lady Bulldogs were riding their momentum as they won the third set 15-10 to win the match.
Prairie Valley finished pool play with a game against Newcastle. After losing the first set 25-13, the Lady Bulldogs fought back to win the second set in close fashion 27-25 to force another third set. This time it would not go in their favor as the Lady Cats won 15-8.
After going 2-1, Prairie Valley earned its way into the gold bracket. First game was against the tournament host Bryson. The Lady Bulldogs were able to pull away at the end of the first set to win 25-20. The Cowgirls fought back to win a close second set 26-24 to force a third set where Prairie Valley came through to win 15-12.
The Lady Bulldogs then played Quanah. A competitive first set went to the Lady Indians 26-24 before closing out the second set strong 25-15.
Prairie Valley then had a rematch against Newcastle. Both sets were won by the narrowest of margins and could have gone either way, but it was the Lady Cats who won with scores 26-24 and 25-23 to end the Lady Bulldogs run.
Prairie Valley plays its next tournament at Savoy this weekend.