After serving 34 aces in a win over Mulberry, the Booneville LadyCats found themselves in trouble at Lavaca last Tuesday, down a game and behind 23-18 in the second game. It was time for a rally and the LadyCats delivered. A barrage of kills enabled Booneville to score the last seven points and after a close third game in which the LadyCats pulled away late, they routed the Lady Arrows in the fourth game, grabbing the win (18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10).
“They played very well,” said coach Candy Goff. Instrumental in the comeback were Haley Carter and Jordan Weaver, who had 15 and nine kills, respectively. It was a career high for Carter.
Booneville (10-3, 6-1 conference) starts the second half of the conference season with a trip to Mansfield tomorrow.
LadyCats def. Mulberry (25-3, 25-6, 25-8)
A Haley Carter kill started a 14-point opening run by the LadyCats, in which Paisley Templeman scored nine aces. It became 22-1 as Carter added three more aces, Macy Geddes had two kills and Aleeah Blansett scored with a block. Booneville eased to the win; Mulbery actually scored the first two points of game two before Templeman hit the serve line again. She added two more aces and Emma Ramey got a kill in a seven-point run. Blansett’s serve yielded a nine-point blitz, including four aces and two Carter kills to make it 16-3. Geddes served out the game, including an ace on game point.
Booneville’s JV players got to shine in the third game and after a bit of a slow start, shine they did. Booneville scored 10 points in a row on Ramey’s serve, including five aces by the junior and two Adria Coffer kills. She added a third, then Kate FitzPatrick and Jessica Parrish added kills to three Madison Burtrom aces. Huntar Ritchie then scored on two kills before Rebecca Walters ended the match with her second ace and the team’s match record-setting 34th. Templeman wound up with 11 aces, while Ramey added two kills to five aces as Carter led in kills with four.
Booneville def. Lavaca (18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10)
Haley Carter started things off with a kill, but the first game went downhill from there as Booneville couldn’t hold serve, and Lavaca led 11-5. A kill each by Jordan Weaver, Aleeah Blansett and Haley Simpson narrowed the gap but the Lady Arrows got another run to lead 17-9. The LadyCats closed to within five points, but couldn’t get any closer.
Booneville started off well in the second game, leading 9-5 when Weaver got a back-row kill on her serve. But Lavaca then hit Booneville with a 13-3 run to lead by six; Booneville cut it to three as Carter scored three times, but the Lady Arrows extended it to seven. A Blansett kill put Weaver on the serve line and the senior did not leave it until the game was over. She got help with kills by Blansett, Simpson and Paisley Templeman but it was a Lavaca error that handed Booneville the game.
Blansett had a pair of blocks and Templeman scored with a kill and an ace as Booneville pulled out to a 12-8 lead. Lavaca rallied to tie it but Maddie Herrera scored with an ace, then Carter unleashed a barrage, getting three kills and a block. Two Weaver kills set the table for Carter to end the third game with an emphatic spike. The LadyCats quickly led 9-3 in the fourth game, getting two kills by Weaver, two Geddes aces and one by Carter. Later, Templeman racked up three consecutive aces and a Blansett kill made it 15-5. Carter got two kills and a block, Herrera added another ace, and it was fitting that Carter and Weaver, who had led the comeback, finished the match with a combined block.
Carter had a career-high 15 kills and added six blocks; Weaver added nine kills and Blansett got five kills and four blocks. Herrera made 30 assists, while Templeman had a big match with 31 digs, five aces and three kills.