By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
For one set, Derrick Lowrie’s Whitley County Colonels inconsistency from the regular season carried over.
That was until senior captain Brittany Fox stepped up her play and carried the Lady Colonels on her shoulders in the third set.
Whitley County lost the first set 25-23 before rallying to win the final two sets, 25-20 and 25-9, thanks to Fox.
She took the game over in the third set with Whitley County holding a slim 7-4 edge.
Fox served up 11 straight points, which included six aces, to wrap up the win for the Lady Colonels.
“She took the bull by the horns and did what we needed her to do,” Lowrie said. “She’s the senior captain and she stepped up for us. We really needed her to do that.”
Things didn’t look good early on for Whitley County.
Michelle Lewellyn’s squad was hitting on all cylinders and it looked as if the Lady Colonels’ lack of consistency was going to lead to a quick elimination in the first round of the 49th District Tournament.
“We started off well,” Lewellyn said. “The girls were doing everything we needed them to do and they worked together, but once we got down, we couldn’t overcome that.”
Despite the late rally, Lowrie admitted he was worried his team dug themselves too big of a hole heading into the second set.
“Absolutely, I was worried,” he said. “My girls have been like this the entire season. One minute the light switch is on and the next minute it is off.
“This was a rough looking win,” he added. “I told them going into the second match that we could end our season or extend it.”
The Lady Colonels decided to go with the latter.
Whitley County jumped out to a 9-3 edge in the second set and never looked back before winning, 25-20.
After losing the set, Lewellyn admitted her team lost the momentum they had gained after winning the first set.
“We didn’t stay focused,” she admitted. “We lost that set and it turned out to hurt us. We had some girls sick before the match and once we lost that wind, we couldn’t get it back.”
By the time the third set came around, the Lady Colonels had taken control of the game.
Whitley County took control early by grabbing a 7-4 advantage before Fox took the game over with her serving.
“I had two questions I asked the girls before the match and that was how good of a team do we want to be and how far do we want to go,” Lowrie said.
The Lady Colonels answered loud and clear after winning the final set, 25-9.
Lynn Camp’s Brenda Turner finished the game with two points and 15 digs, while Jessica Rees had 28 digs and seven points. Lauren Wilson had 14 points, 51 digs and 12 kills. Taylor Herren finished with nine assists and 39 digs. Ashley McCreary scored five points and finished with 39 digs.
The win advanced Whitley County to the finals of the 49th District championship against defending champion Corbin.
The two teams played twice this season with the Lady Redhounds winning both matches.
“Corbin is on a roll right now,” Lowrie said. “I would have to say they are the favorite, but I went into last year’s district tournament thinking we couldn’t get beat and you saw what happened.”
Game time is set for 6 p.m.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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