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By ANGELA WOODS
The Lady Panthers had good times and bad times during home games last week against Oldham County and Trimble County.
On Thursday, Sept. 25, the Carroll County High School team worked long and hard, but lost to Oldham County, 25-13 and 25-9. Oldham is the No. 1 seed in the district.
But it was good practice as they prepare for the upcoming Class A state tournament.
In the past, the Lady Panthers varsity squad was no match for the Lady Raiders of Trimble County, which wasn’t the case Wednesday, Sept. 24.
The CCHS varsity team won the first game against Trimble with ease, taking the Raiders 25-12. Game two got off to a shaky start, with the Panthers at first down 0-5, until a time-out called by Coach Wilbert Lowe III. They returned to the court with new focus, turning it up a notch to tie with the Raiders 5-5, then dominating to take the game 25-20, and the match.
Kyndal Curry and junior Valerie White kept the offense under control with well-done sets, and each contributed three assists. Junior Katerina Woods went 16 for 17 in attacks and logged three kills; and senior Marisa Ruckel and sophomores Tasha Hunter and Jill Butcher added two kills each.
On receives, the Panthers showed improvement: Curry was seven-for-seven; White and senior Devon Hill were three-for-three each. Senior Dorothy Karcher, returning to the team after sitting out part of the season with a broken wrist, was one-for-one in receives.
Serving is another strong point for the Lady Panthers. Curry and White both were 100 percent, at nine-for-nine and 12 for 12, respectively.
The junior varsity and freshmen teams didn’t fare as well.
With eight freshmen and one sophomore, JV fell to the Raiders, 17-21 and 19-21. But there were highlights: Micah Hoopengarner and LaKayla Clay logged two kills each, and Olivia Welch had one. Celess Parson, Kelsey Diaz and Katie Upton each served with 100-percent accuracy; Parson was 11 for 11 with two aces; Diaz served 7 for 7 and Upton served five for five. And Hoopengarner logged one ace.
The freshmen also fell to the Raiders, 21-7 and 21-19. Diaz had three kills and Leah Chandler had two.
With three games scheduled during fall break and before the state tourney, the Lady Panthers stand 15-8 on the season so far. They play Eminence at home Monday, Oct. 6 and Gallatin, also at home, Wednesday, Oct. 8. On Thursday, Oct. 9, they travel to Owen County.
“These girls have an opportunity to finish with 20 wins, an accomplishment never [yet] seen at Carroll County,” said Lowe. “With strong play in the Class A, I believe these girls can achieve this goal. They are hard workers and a great bunch of girls to work with.”