BHS tops MCHS in Pink Game battle
By GEOFF STOUTE
Berwick standout and University of Louisiana at Lafayette commitment Brie Hill had another solid outing during the Lady Panthers’ contest against Morgan City Wednesday.
But it was two others who made big-time contributions for Berwick in key moments to help the Lady Panthers pull out a 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-16, 25-22) win in a key Division 3, District 6 matchup for the two squads which also served as Morgan City’s annual “Paint the Pit Pink” game.
Berwick’s Maddie Gray put down several key kills in the third game and a big one late in the fourth game, while teammate Abigail Askew finished the contest for the Lady Panthers with a tip over the net that Morgan City could not return.
Gray finished the contest with one ace, eight kills and nine digs, while Askew had four kills and a dig.
The Lady Panthers also got solid defensive play, as Blanchard credited her back row and setter, Ashton Morales.
The Lady Panthers had a mindboggling 97 digs in the contest, including 21 from Hannah Carpenter as well as 19 from Hill and 18 apiece from Diana Grace Guarisco and Morales.
Carpenter also had two aces and a kill in the win while Guarisco had an ace, a kill and an assist, and Hill had seven aces, 16 kills, three blocks and three assists.
Morales, the team’s setter, had an ace, four kills, one block and 21 assists as well.
Morales showed her ability to put down traditional kills in the second game against the Lady Tigers in lieu of tips or other shots across the net.
Morgan City recorded 82 digs in the contest, led by 18 from Savannah Loupe, 14 from Brandi Ingram and 12 by Layne Reynaud and 11 each from Taylor Prince and Marilynn Bailey.
Loupe also had three aces, while Ingram had an ace, a kill and an assist; Reynaud, an ace, five kills and 21 assists; and Prince, an ace, two kills and two assists.
While Berwick fell behind early in the first contest by as much as a 9-3 contest following a tip by Morgan City’s Jaivieanna Jones for a kill, the Lady Panthers rallied, using a 9-3 run to tie the game at 12 on Hill’s nifty kill in which she fooled the Lady Tigers’ defense by setting the ball over the net with her back to it.
Morgan City again took the lead later at 17-15 following a kill by Brandi Ingram, but Berwick reeled off the next 10 points, capped by back-to-back aces by Hill for the game one win.
In game 2, Morgan City denied a Berwick comeback as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-6 lead following an ace by Taylor Prince.
The Lady Tigers continued to extend their lead to as they jumped out to as much as 22-10 advantage following a kill by Jones.
However, the Lady Panthers didn’t go quietly as they used a 9-2 run to close the gap to 24-19. However, a Berwick service error gave the Lady Tigers’ the game 2 win.
In game 3, Berwick never trailed, jumping out early to a 12-7 lead following an ace by Gray.
Morgan City could never get the deficit to less than five points as the Lady Panthers took the set 25-16.
Morgan City, which was utilizing some younger players on the outside, fell victim to hitting errors in the third game. The Lady Tigers had seven miscues in the set.
The Lady Tigers also struggled to get the ball to Jones, their main offensive threat, as often as they wanted.
That struggle continued in the final game, although Morgan City didn’t go down easy, whittling what once was a 14-7 deficit down to a 19-17 deficit.
However, Berwick closed out the game, scoring its last two points on a kill by Gray following a long volley and Askew’s tip.
Jones still finished the contest with 13 kills as well as seven digs, while teammate Kloé Liner had two aces, six kills and six digs.
Other top contributors for Berwick included Rennen Delatte, one ace and six digs and McKenzie Baumgartner, two kills and five digs.
In Junior Varsity action, Morgan City won 25-17, 19-25, 15-7.
Cecily Feliciano had 11 aces, six kills, three assists and four digs for Morgan City, while Alex Thompson had an ace, a kill and five digs; Brandi Albarado, an ace and six digs; Dwanna LeBeau, an ace, 10 kills and four digs; Karley Guidry, three aces, three kills, 12 assists and six digs; and Katelyn Gautreaux, 15 digs.
In freshmen action, Morgan City fell 20-25, 15-25.
Pink Game Monies raised
The number of t-shirt sales to raise money for local breast cancer patients totaled 1,300 , while donations to date totaled $16,200, while more coming from the gate fees from Wednesday’s contest, raffles that were held and other T-shirt sales.
Central Catholic defeats
West St. John
The Central Catholic Lady Eagles won their 10th straight match Wednesday with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-8, 25-14) win against West St. John in Morgan City.
Meo Knight had 18 kills for Central Catholic, while Gee Garrett had 14. Kaitlyn Gros had 32 assists and three aces, while Elizabeth Garber and Olivia Crawford each had three aces.
Central Catholic (22-8, 3-0 in district) will return to action today when it hosts Ascension Catholic in varsity action, beginning at 4 p.m.