Trinity takes out Lady Tigers
The Straughn Lady Tigers (20-16) saw their season come to an end Saturday in Montgomery when the fell 3-0 to the Trinity Lady Wildcats in the first round of the AHSAA Class 4A South Super Regional tournament in Montgomery.
“I thought we played well,” Straughn head coach Daniel Rodger said. “We battled through some tough spots and met the challenge. I was very proud of the way the girls competed.”
Trinity took an early advantage in the first game, but an ace from Lady Tigers’ senior Derriunna Gantt trimmed the Trinity lead to 5-3.
Points went back-and-forth and Straughn picked up a 3-0 rally that helped the Lady Tigers take a 14-13 lead.
Trinity retook the lead and were on top 18-15 following a 4-2 run from the Lady Wildcats.
Hannah Lawless trimmed the lead to 18-16 with a smashing kill point.
A big block from Ashley Hughes and another kill from Lawless left the Lady Tigers trialing 21-18.
That was all the Lady Tigers could muster in the first game, as the Lady Wildcats finished the game with a 4-0 run.
In game two, the Lady Wildcats opened up a 3-0 lead, but a quick rally but the Lady Tigers evened the score at 3-3.
The Lady Wildcats added a few more points before a kill from Lawless got the Lady Tigers within two points of Trinity.
The two squads traded scores, but the Lady Wildcats were able to increase their lead to 17-10.
Courtney Rogers then picked up an ace for the Lady Tigers to make the score 17-11.
Straughn continued to battle, but the Lady Wildcats held a 24-13 lead following a kill from Lawless.
Trinity capped off the contest with the next point, and put the Lady Tigers in a win-or-go-home game three.
Straughn took the first point in the third game, but the quick strike Lady Wildcats went on top 5-2.
The Lady Tigers battled back and tied the game 6-6 following consecutive kills from Hughes and Lawless.
Trinity was able to slip back on top and after a 3-0 run the Lady Wildcats held a 9-6 lead.
Lawless got another kill and helped reduce the Trinity lead to 19-14.
Straughn continued trying to claw their way back in the game with big points from Lawless, Hughes and Gantt, but the Lady Wildcats knocked the Lady Tigers from the playoffs with a 25-18 win in game three.
“We hung in there with them well in the first and third sets,” Rodgers said. “One or two points here and there and we might could have came away with a couple of wins, but I’m extremely proud of the things we did this year. We accomplished most of the goals that we set out for ourselves this season. We are going to miss our seniors Derriunna Gannt, Lexie Cottle, Courtney Rogers, Meredith Rogers and Brittany Maddox, but we are excited about the future of Straughn volleyball.”