Despite a strong second set challenge from their Class II division rivals, Lewisburg eventually held off Center Hill and claimed a 3-0 volleyball victory Tuesday night at Lewisburg. Set scores were 25-13, 25-22 and 25-6.
Lewisburg, after taking the first set, had to recover late to take the second set from the Lady Mustangs, which at one point led the set by a score of 20-17. The Lady Patriots would rally and take a 23-21 lead and held Center Hill off the remainder of the game for the three-point win.
The loss seemed to take the air out of Center Hill and Lewisburg would breeze in the final set for the sweep.
Lewisburg coach Allison Burchyett was especially pleased with the play of Avery Beth Durden, who led the Lady Patriots with 11 kills.
“I was real proud of A.B.’s effort,” Burchyett said. “She’s really tried to stay positive while battling through a slump and she really came out and found good holes on the other side of the net. We need her to be successful this year and she knows that.”
Noa Parks had seven service aces and Micah Swift added five for Lewisburg. Erin Sutton had six digs and Morgan Lee led with 15 assists.
Elsewhere, DeSoto Central moved to 14-1 with a three-set win at Tupelo. Set scores were 25-12, 26-24, 25-11.
For DeSoto Central, Kennedy Schritenthal led with 16 kills (on 22 attempts and no errors) and three aces. Gracie Tacker had four aces and 24 assists. Megan Harris had 12 digs and two aces. The Lady Jags host the Hernando Lady Tigers next Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers took care of Southaven 3-0 Tuesday night with set scores of 25-16, 25-16, 25-19. Northpoint Christian swept Westminster in three straight, 25-14, 25-20, 25-20.
LADY CHIEFS WINNERS: Magnolia Heights girls’ softball and soccer teams picked up victories in action this week.
Tuesday, the Lady Chiefs blanked Pillow Academy in softball 12-0, a game that ended by the run rule in the sixth inning.
Magnolia Heights soccer beat Marshall Academy 9-2 Tuesday and Monday shut out Harding Academy 2-0 on the efforts of goalkeeper Lela Caldwell.
SPLASHING SUCCESS: The Hernando boys’ swim team took third at the Oxford Invitational meet Tuesday with 58 points. Tupelo took the boys’ team honors with 186 points. The Hernando girls took ninth place in their division with 12 points in the meet won by the host Oxford with 161 points.
POSTSEASON PLAY SET: Horn Lake and Lewisburg will be the sites for region basketball tournament play this year, the Mississippi High School Activities Association has announced. Horn Lake will host the Region 1-6A tournament and Lewisburg will play host to the Region 1-5A event. Both tournaments will run the same week in mid-February and start the road toward playing in the state tournament’s Final Four in early March at Jackson.
HAYES SCORES FOR NORTHWEST: Joseph Hayes of Olive Branch scored the only goal for Northwest Mississippi Community College Tuesday in the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to Hinds. Northwest’s women suffered a 2-0 loss to Hinds, also on Tuesday.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.