Lady Panthers top Eminence, Grant & Gallatin

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By Dave Taylor

The Carroll County Lady Panthers scored wins in three volleyball outings during the past week, topping Eminence, Grant County and Gallatin County.

Carroll won their final home contest, defeating Eminence 25-12 and 25-22 on Monday. Seniors Brooke Boles, Valerie White, and Katerina Woods were honored in their final home appearance.

“They are great leaders and all three have played throughout their high school career, some of them even longer,” Coach Kristin Arbinger told The News-Democrat.

Statistically, Woods had 10 kills and four digs; Boles had two kills; and White had four kills against Eminence. Kyndal Curry had three aces, seven digs and 16 assists. Tasha Hunter had four kills and three aces. Celess Parson had two kills.

The Lady Panthers traveled to Grant County on Thursday, scoring 26-24 and 25-17 wins over the Lady Braves. Woods had nine kills, three aces and four digs in the contest. Curry had 13 assists and 18 digs. Jill Butcher had five kills and four digs. Hunter had seven digs, and Boles had three digs.

Monday, Gallatin County took the Lady Panthers three games before Carroll pulled out the win: 25-11, 22-25 and 25-19.

“The girls didn’t play as well as they could have,” Arbinger said of the Gallatin outing. “I think fall break might have had something to do with it, but we still managed to pull it off.”

One game remains this week before District Tournament play gets underway Monday at North Oldham High School. The Lady Panthers play tonight at Owen County in a special final regular season appearance for both teams. The event is called “Volley for a Cure,” according to Arbinger.

“The money raised at tonight’s game will go toward breast cancer awareness,” said Arbinger. “All three teams – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity – will be playing. The girls on both teams will be wearing pink.

Carroll County opens district tournament play against Trimble County, Monday at 6 p.m. If successful in the Trimble outing, the Lady Panthers would play North Oldham at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

“It is quite a tough district, with all three Oldham teams competing,” Arbinger said, “but if the girls stay tough and work together as a team, they can do anything they put their minds to.”