By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
NORTH LAUREL – The North Laurel Lady Jaguars continue to get better as the season progresses and with just one week left to prepare for postseason play, head coach Ali Ray said she likes what she’s seeing out of her team.
After Ray’s squad, which was the host team, finished second in the 2012 Steak-N-Shake Tournament this past weekend, she said she was pleased with her team after what she said was a very long day.
“We played really well and I was happy with the girls' effort,” Ray said. “We had a pretty good day and it was a long day at that.
“We had a pretty long break in between each match and seemed like it was hard to get any kind of momentum going,” she added. “We kind of started out flat every game, but in the end, we played well.”
The Lady Jaguars began the day in pool play where they were unbeaten with 2-0 wins over both Leslie County (25-20 and 25-21) and Bell County (5-22 and 25-21).
From there it was on to elimination play as North Laurel was able to get past Jackson County in the semifinals in straight sets with wins of 25-23 and 25-15.
“Jackson County has really improved and they are still a young team,” Ray said. “They played us really tough, but we were able to get past them into the championship match.”
That’s when things went downhill for North Laurel, facing a McCreary County team that has size, strength and a 20-4 record to boot.
Despite playing well throughout the tournament, the Lady Jags were unable to get past McCreary, falling 2-0 (14-25 and 14-25). Ray said she was happy with the way her team played against a quality team.
“They are a really big team with some very god hitters,” Ray said. “We had played them earlier in the year in their tournament, so we knew they were pretty strong coming in.
“I think we made some progress against them though,” she added. “We were able to see some areas we still need to work on, but we are getting better.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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