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Ladybirds fall in three

By B.J. Hargis
hoto by B.J. HARGIS: North Central's Zoe Lowrance, right, and Riverton Parke's Josie Eslinger battle for a ball at the net during a volleyball match at North Central on Monday night.

FARMERSBURG — North Central concluded the regular season with a 25-7, 25-23, 25-14 loss to visiting Riverton Parke in a high school volleyball match on Monday night.
The Lady Panthers scored 14 points in a row on serve in the opening set, including six aces, to pull away.
In the second set, North Central had leads of 6-3, 10-7 and 12-7 after consecutive aces by Malee McCoskey.
The Ladybirds led 17-14 after an ace served by senior Cheany Deckard.
The score was tied at 17, 22 and 23-all after a block by Ladybird junior Zoe Lowrance.
But a kill by Riverton Parke’s Katrina Cruser and an ace served by Peyton Johnson ended the set.
“We are just so inconsistent,” said North Central coach Matt Rinck. “We have moments where we play very well and then we have moments where we can’t do much right.
“The girls are very capable of playing  well, but have to find a way to not get too high or too low when things go good or bad.”
North Central led early in the third set, but the Panthers used a 5-0 spurt to take an 11-8 advantage.
The Ladybirds never led again.
Riverton Parke won the JV contest 25-21, 26-24. Rinck said that Madison Hood played as well as he has seen her play in both the JV and varsity and that Sarah Shake passed well on the junior varsity contest.
North Central (7-19) will play at the Class A White River Valley Sectional at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the host Lady Wolverines.
North Central defeated WRV in five on the same court last week.

North Central varsity stats
Brinley Stone — 9 assists, 3 digs, 1 block.
Malee McCoskey — 1 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces.  
Cheany Deckard —  4 digs, 9 digs, 1 ace.
Amber May — 15 digs.
Zoe Lowrance — 1 block.
Haley Jordan — 7 digs, 1 ace.
Chantell Bender — 2 kills, 2 digs.
Samantha Johns — 2 kills, 2 digs.
Madison Hood — 4 digs.

North Central JV stats
Kills - Madison Hood 5, Chantell Bender 4, Desiree Norman 2,  Madison Hooker 1, Sarah Shake 1.
Digs — Bender 5, Shake 5, Racheal Nichols 3, Hood 2, Beverly Nichols 1, Sheyanne Hauger 1.
Aces — Norman 5, Bender 2, R. Nichols 2.
Assists — Norman 9.

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