Hornets sting the Cardinals, Jaguars pounce the Blackcats and the Tigers claw the Pirates

On Thursday night, the Phelps Hornets faced off against the Cardinals of Martin County in a five-match barn burner. The Lady Hornets rallied back from a 15-25 loss in the first match to win the next two 25-23 and 25-20. Martin County fought to win the fourth match, 20-25, but Phelps pulled the victory out in the fifth and final match, winning 16-14.

The Lady Hornets were led by junior Amelia Casey, with 20 kills and 12 solo blocks. Freshman Jaycie Stanley followed with 8 kills and 23 digs. Sophomore,  Ivy Layne had 3 kills and 20 assists. Senior LaRonda Francis also added 7 kills and 6 blocks to the win.

The win brings the Lady Hornets record to 6-2 on the season. Their next game is away at Mingo Central on September 14. Next up for Martin County (2-5) is today, September 11, at Pike County Central.

In a 58th district matchup on Thursday, September 9, against the Floyd Central Lady Jaguars and the Lady Blackcats of Prestonsburg, the Jaguars were victorious after winning the four match game. Floyd Central dominated in the first match, winning 25-12 but the Lady Blackcats fought back in the second match, winning 26-24. The third and fourth matches were both handled by Floyd Central with them winning 25-15 and 25-17.

The Lady Jaguars were led by senior Allyson Stumbo and sophomore Emma Bailey throwing down 12 kills each. Senior setter Amelia Wallace added to the win with 28 assists and junior Skylar Paige returned 13 digs.

This win brings Floyd Central’s record to 4-3 on the season. Their next game is September 13 as they travel to Wolfe County. Next up for Prestonsburg (2-5) is today, September 11, in the Rocky Top Classic in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Photo Credit: Lisa Little

Paintsville took a close second and third set against Belfry but rolled on to a 3-0 match win played at Paintsville High school on September 9. The Lady Tigers dominated in the first set winning 25-10. The Lady Pirates kept it close and interesting in the second and third matches but the Lady Tigers went on to win 25-22 and 25-21.

Junior Kara Ward had 13 kills and 9 digs in the win. Junior Hailey Little threw down 12 kills and had 2 blocks. Senior Bair Ratliff had 7 kills and 3 blocks for the Tigers. Senior Mattie Ratliff had 16 digs and sent over 4 serving aces. Junior Kynzi Slone set up 32 assists in the win.

This win brings Paintsville’s record to 11-2 on the season. They travel to Boyd county to play in the Lady Lions Invitational at Boyd County today, September 11. The Lady Pirates (4-4) play at Pike County Central on September 13.

Articles written by:  Allison Hall

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