GREEN RIDGE — The Green Ridge Lady Tigers answered an early rally from Sweet Springs in game one and held off a late rally in game two to beat the Lady Greyhounds 25-20, 25-19 on Tuesday.
Sweet Springs led 8-4 in the first before the Lady Tigers fought their way back. A Bailey Harding kill tied the game at 10-10 and Katie Gibbs followed with an ace to put Green Ridge in front.
The teams traded points back and forth until Green Ridge scored the final four points with kill-blocks from Harding and Madisyn Bridges got the Lady Tigers within a point of closing it out and Mac Scotten finished it with a kill.
“I think we just weren’t controlling the ball very well there in the beginning,” said Green Ridge coach Lori Larimore. “They got their heads on straight and decided to control the ball, keep it over and in and get good passes to the center.”
Green Ridge raced to an early lead in game two and led 23-11 before Sweet Springs’ Lynzi Miller served up seven points in a row.
“The girls were really excited,” said Lady Greyhounds coach Alicia Jones. “We had the momentum swing and then everybody did their job and we ran our offense.”
Katie Gibbs and Kylee Dillon finished with two aces. Scotten had five kills. Harding had four kills. Quincy Scotten had 11 assists. Merry Allen had five digs.
Larimore said the Lady Tigers are still working on getting the block up.
“The girls are still working hard,” Larimore said. “We worked a lot on fundamentals and now we need to get started on working on the offense and get that up a notch.”
Green Ridge (2-5-2) will host Crest Ridge on Thursday.
Sweet Springs (0-2) will host Sacred Heart on Thursday.
“We had some really good serving runs and we had times that we really hustled and we were able to put the ball down and then we had some times where we were not able to serve/receive like we needed to be and we didn’t put the ball down like we should have,” Jones said.
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