By BLAKE WOOD
Four Montague County teams competed in the final day of the Chico Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Horns powered through pool play, defeating Saint Jo, Gold-Burg and Chico to win Pool B.
“We had to work for every point in pool play,” said Forestburg head coach Rosana Barbosa. “But we played well Thursday.”
Forestburg returned Saturday for the championship bracket. The Lady Horns started the day with a big win against Valley View in three sets 25-18, 22-25, 28-26.
“It was a very competitive game,” Barbosa said. “I told the team to fight for every point. They never gave up.”
The Horns played district foe Collinsville in the next game. They were unable to prevail as the Lady Pirates won 25-20, 25-18.
“Collinsville played us well,” the coach said. “Our mistakes cost us in the end.”
The Lady Horns were sent down to the consolation bracket as a result, squaring off against county rival Saint Jo.
The first set was a slow start for the Horns, but they were able to get the better of the Lady Panthers, defeating them in three sets 18-25, 25-12, 25-14.
The next opponent was the host Chico. The Dragons defeated the Lady Horns in a competitive five sets last week in Forestburg, so the team knew they would be in for a challenge. However, the Lady Horns were up to the task, defeating Chico in three sets 25-23, 27-25, 25-22.
“I feel like both sides made a few mistakes,” Barbosa said.
In their final game of the day, the Lady Horns challenged Poolville for fourth place. Forestburg would finish fifth in the tournament, falling 25-22, 17-25, 19-25. Read the rest of this story in The Bowie News.
Haley Nolan sends the ball back while Hope Phipps watches during the Chico Tournament on Saturday in Chico. Click on the photo for the complete image. (News photo by Blake Wood)
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Saint Jo vs Prairie Valley
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers opened up district play on Friday by beating Prairie Valley at home.
The Lady Panthers won in straight sets against the young Lady Bulldogs.
Saint Jo came into the game following a tough five-set win against Poolville and Coach Kelly Skidmore was hoping her team would play better than that.
Prairie Valley struggled in the match with slow starts in all three sets. The Lady Panthers were ahead 8-2 in sets one and three and 9-1 in set two.
The closest the Lady Bulldogs got was in set three when they cut the lead to 12-8 midway through, but each time Saint Jo remained firmly in control.
Frustration seemed to set in for Prairie Valley at times with self-inflicted errors which did not help.
The Lady Panthers won with the set scores being 25-11, 25-9 and 25-13.
The Bowie Lady Rabbits lost a tough match at Holliday.
The Lady Eagles won in straight sets against the Lady Rabbits.
Bowie was able to put it together to compete well and nearly win the second set, but ultimately lost 25-22. The first and third sets were not too great for the Lady Rabbits as they lost 25-11 and 25-10.
Coach Ashley Sanders did not think her team was in rhythm or playing their game at all during the match. It wasn’t so much at Holliday overwhelmed her team, Sanders said, but more about her team not playing up to its capability.
The Nocona Lady Indians won their eighth straight match of the season on Friday with a win against Wichita Falls High School.
The Lady Indians won in straight sets as well, which keeps another streak going of not losing a set in the last eight matches.
The Lady Coyotes made Nocona work a bit, but the Lady Indians were in control each set as they won with little drama. The set scores were 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14.
Skyler Smith led the team with 15 kills, 23 assists and two service aces. Meg Meekins also had 15 kills and was second with 21 assists while leading the team with two blocks.
Aubree Kleinhans had a team high 11 digs while Ava Johnson and Graci Brown each had two aces.
Forestburg vs Bellevue
The Forestburg Lady Horns opened district play on Friday with a win against Bellevue.
The Lady Horns won in straight sets against the Lady Eagles as they started off district strong.
The two teams played exactly a month previously and while it was similar results, Bellevue was looking much better than in that contest.
Forestburg had to work in all three sets. Though the Lady Eagles didn’t almost win a set like they did in the first match, they were more competitive throughout.
It was not good enough though as a solid Lady Horn team won with set scores being 25-18, 25-21 and 25-15.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
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