Edmonson Notches Win At Dig Pink Cancer Benefit Game
There was plenty to celebrate last night at ECHS as the Lady Cats defeated Hart County in three sets after facing a deficit most of the final set. It was also the annual "Dig Pink" cancer benefit event hosted by the team that helps out a local family each year affected by cancer.
The Lady Cats got off to a solid start in set one as they went up 4-0. Hart County responded by scoring four unanswered points to tie. The set went back-and-forth until Edmonson County went on a 5-point run to force a Hart County timeout at 18-13. The Lady Cats took set one from the Lady Raiders 25-17.
Set two began with each team exchanging points until Edmonson County built an 11-7 lead but that was quickly erased when Hart County battled back with 5-point run that forced a Lady Cat timeout. That sequence was basically copied and pasted as EC went ahead 20-16, but Hart County tied the score at 20, which forced another Edmonson timeout.
The Lady Raiders finished out set two on a 9-2 run (25-22) to even the game at 1-1.
The intensity was raised in set three as each team battled but the momentum shifted towards Hart County and they were able to go ahead 16-10, which was the largest lead of the entire game. Edmonson County chipped away at the lead despite numerous two-hit penalties and a couple of net violations against the Lady Cats to tie the score at 21 in front of a very loud home crowd.
Edmonson County was able to end the set (25-22) on a 4-1 run, capped off by an out-of-bounds error on Hart County for a 2-1 win.
Coach Bridgett Poteet said she was proud of the strong finish from the Lady Cats.
"We've seen this so many times," she said. "It comes down to the end of the set and we don't seem to be able to finish. They hung in there until the end and they didn't give up. It's a really good win for us on a special night."
The team was able to raise a record amount for the annual event that went to the family of Amy (Bo) Lindsey Logsdon, who is currently battling cancer. Multiple efforts took place throughout the game, including one where booster parent and line judge volunteer Trisha Woodcock agreed to work in bright high heels if an extra $200 was raised in one of the donation boxes. During the game, she said she would also wear a pink tutu if another $100 was added, which happened as soon as the offer was announced.
The win on the final regular season game of the year moved Edmonson County to 8-19 on the year. They will host the District 12 Tournament at home beginning Monday, October 8th against Grayson County. A win will allow their season to continue and a spot in the Region 3 Tournament. A loss will end the 2018 season.
The District 12 Championship game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at ECHS.