Edmonson Voice Staff
Granville Meredith, photos
The Lady Cats traveled to Whitesville Trinity last night to play the first game of the District 12 Tournament against the struggling Butler County Lady Bears. ECHS, who earned the top seed in the tourney had no trouble at all with Butler beginning with a very lopsided 25-2 win in the first set.
Senior setter Laney Meredith served 19 straight on
a 20-0 run against the Lady Bears and the only other Lady Cat to serve during the set was sophomore Sierra Kenney.
The Lady Cats finished the game 3-0 with the second set score of 25-12 and the final set 25-8.
The Grayson County Lady Cougars were upset last night in their game of the tournament by host Whitesville Trinity. The Lady Cougars, which are obvious rivals of ECHS, sat near the top of the Region 3 rankings for most of the year. In one of the first games of the season, they handed the Lady Cats their first loss on the year, at home. ECHS got revenge however, by defeating the Lady Cougars on the road at Grayson County. With Grayson County now out of the way, the Lady Cats are favored to bring home the championship trophy.
Senior Morgan Skaggs didn't put any focus on the opponent, but her team instead. "It's truly a blessing to be able to fight for the district title with best teammates tomorrow night," she said. "It's going to be a battle no doubt, but I believe this team can accomplish anything."
It won't be as easy as the Butler County game. Trinity has been a thorn in the side of the Lady Cats for many seasons, with this season being the first time in years that ECHS has been able to beat them. Now, with the Lady Raiders hosting the tournament in their home "barn," the Lady Cats will face a very hostile environment, some might even say abusive, ironically, at a Christian school.
"We need to pack the stands and have as many students and fans as possible to cheer on the Lady Cats," said Senior Laney Meredith. "I'm definitely proud of the support that Edmonson County has shown us this year."
"Trinity's fans have always tried to get in our heads and mess us up every time we play them," said Senior Madison Kemble. "But if we stay strong, focus, and block them out, they won't be an issue."
Senior Team Captain MaryChris Waddell said she knows it will be a noisy event, thanks to Trinity's student section, known as the "Blue Zoo." "We need to be able to block them out... just go and play our hearts out. We'll leave it all on the floor Thursday night."
The Lady Cats improve to 24-9 on the year, 13-3 in the Region, and 8-1 in District play. They are currently ranked #3 in the Region.
The District 12 Championship game is scheduled to start at 6pm on Thursday at Whitesville Trinity.