Tuesday’s Prep Roundup: Pirates swept by Scotland
by Scott Schlaufman Sports Editor
LUMBERTON — Lumberton volleyball coach Jeff McLamb tries to keep things in perspective sometimes.
“You’re never as good as you are after a win, but you’re never as bad as you are after a loss,” he said.
Though the Pirates (9-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) have been off to a strong start this year, they dealt with the opposite emotion Tuesday as SEC Scotland (11-1, 3-0) took care of business quickly in a 25-14, 25-15, 25-9 sweep that lasted almost exactly an hour.
“They’re a good team, there ain’t no doubt,” said Lumberton coach Jeff McLamb. “I told the girls beforehand that to win we’d have to do all the small things and we didn’t.”
The Pirates, playing without team captain Joy Church, struggled to contain the heavy-handed offense from Scotland. The Pirates held only one lead allowed big rallies in each match that they couldn’t catch up with.
Front and center for the Scots was senior Jessi Kee, who was constantly looking for the block and finding key kills.
“She was fired up tonight, she was ready to go,” said Scotland coach Jessica Milligan. “She had a few people in the stands giving her a hard time, but she was ready to go.”
She was ready to go and kept it going all game, finishing the sweep with 10 kills.
With each dig, the Scots got the ball to setter Avery Callahan, who had 18 assists to locations around the court. Each pass she put up had multiple options, and when Lumberton looked to defend a specific hitter, she’d instead pass the ball over the net for the point.
The first set started with consecutive aces by the Scots, which Lumberton tied. A kill by Madeline Millholland made it 3-2, which Lumberton tied again. Scotland then scored 12 of the next 13 points to go up 14-4.
A Lumberton rally that included multiple aces from Jenna Smith got the lead down to 15-10, but that was as close as it got. Scotland closed the set with seven of the final nine points.
Lumberton rallied early in the second set to go up 7-3. A kill by Kayla Kerns made it 8-5, but after that Scotland scored 10 straight points, including a stretch of Kee’s kills, to go up 15-8. Lumberton narrowed it to 15-11, but Scotland eventually pulled away again, ending the set on kill by Millholland.
Scotland took care of the third set, scoring 21 of the first 25 points. Lumberton didn’t score consecutive points until they trailed 21-4, when they put together fours points to make it 21-8. Scotland scored four of the final five points.
LHS, PSHS run at Luther Britt
LUMBERTON — Lumberton and Purnell Swett both ran as part of a triangular meet with Scotland on Tuesday at Luther Britt Park.
Scotland won the boys race, placing three runners in the top five and scoring 21 points. Purnell Swett followed with 36 points and Lumberton took third with 84.
Scotland’s Logan Ward won the race, finishing at 17:38. He beat Purnell Swett’s Shayne Davis by two seconds. Scotland’s John Holloway and Kendall Romain finished third and fourth, with Purnell Swett’s Kaelin Bird taking fifth at 19:16.
Lumberton won the girls race but was the only team with enough scoring runners.
The Pirates’ Nikki Hansen won the race in 22:08. Chloe Woriax and Sarah Mariani, of Purnell Swett, took second and third at 23:51 and 25:16. Kendall Blaine, of LHS, took fourth at 25:37 and Purnell Swett’s Cassey Leviner took fifth at 27:05.
E. Bladen shuts out St. Pauls
ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen junior Colby Hester had two goals in a 3-0 win against St. Pauls.
Hester stole a botched goal kick and scored three minutes into the game. Hester fired in another goal 20 minutes later on a breakaway goal. The Eagles (4-4-1) led 2-0 at half and then scored one more against the Bulldogs (3-8, 1-1) in the second.
“That first goal hurt us”, said St. Pauls coach Brent Martin. “We need to stop giving the ball away so easily. Possess the ball, take our time with it.”
The Bulldogs continued to attack throughout the game but couldn’t convert, with several shots missing wide.
“We had opportunities. We just didn’t finish,” Martin said.
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