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Panthers first, Vikings third in county tourney

Story submitted by Hope Rhodes of BRV

LEWISVILLE — The Knightstown Intermediate School 8th-grade volleyball team won the Henry County Tournament Saturday at Tri by defeating Blue River Valley in the opening round 25-22, 25-18 and Shenandoah 25-20, 25-16 in the championship match to grab the title.

The Raiders finished second, the Vikings third, and the host Titans fourth.

On the day for the Panthers, Grace Jones had 11 kills, three aces, and two digs; Gwen Dyer had 17 assists, three aces, two digs, and a kill; Avery Bever had three kills, five aces, and six digs; Josie Koehler had three kills, seven aces, and a dig; Mallory Halcomb had five digs; Zoe Beabout had three aces and a dig; Haley Buchanan had a pair of digs; Reese McDonald had an ace and two kills; and Katelyn Stephens had a kill.

“Bright and early this morning, our girls fought their way through trying to beat Knightstown,” Blue River Coach Hope Rhodes stated about Saturday’s opening match. “It took some time for them to wake up, starting the first set behind by eight points, but soon they woke up to battle. Both teams served and hit very well this morning. We soon had to focus on covering more ground on the court, forcing us to move our feet and follow the ball. The girls were very exciting to watch this morning and everyone sees massive improvements with them.”

For the Vikings against the Panthers, Kearston Perdue had three kills and five aces, Maciah Driskell a kill, Isabelle Perdue two aces, Trinity Driskell four kills, and Mariah McCotter two aces and a kill.

In the consolation match of Saturday’s Henry County Tourney, Blue River defeated Tri 25-15, 25-14 to capture third place.

“We played hard against Tri,” Rhodes added. “The girls remembered all their skills, covered the floor, and got to the ball quickly. We may not have brought home a trophy, but the girls definitely showed their skills on the court today. Everyone is very impressed with how much they have improved. They are making BRV and their coaches very proud.”

For the Vikings against the Titans, Kearston Perdue had eight aces and three kills, Leah Foster a kill, Maciah Driskell an ace, Isabelle Perdue an ace, Trinity Driskell an ace,and three kills, Alivia Koontz four aces, and Mariah McCotter five aces and a kill.

No individual statistics for Shenandoah or Tri were provided.

Knightstown’s 7th-grade team also had a very good day Saturday as it placed second in the Henry County Tournament. In round one, it defeated Tri 25-20, 25-22 and absorbed a  tough loss to Shenandoah 24-25, 17-25 in the championship match.

On the day for the 7th-grade Panthers, Jalyn Kopp had seven aces and six digs; Emily Scott had an ace, four digs, and a kill; Emma Robinson had an ace and two digs; Hannah Mefford had two aces; Allie Smith had two digs; and Maycie Jenkins had a dig.