LORENA — Belton head coach Krystal Brodbeck knew that if her team was going to knock off 4A-No.14 Lorena on the road Tuesday night her team would have to play one of its best matches of the season.
The Lady Tigers struggled early on and never could rally and were swept by the Lady Leopards, 25-17, 25-19, 25-14.
“We couldn’t seem to capitalize on momentum swings and committed too many errors tonight,” said Brodbeck. “We had our moments of greatness at times, then just couldn’t capitalize.”
In Game 2, Madison Ward served five straight points to give the Lady Tigers (9-8) their first lead of the entire match at 6-5. That’s as close at the team would get, as Lorena would not let its foot off the gas from there.
For Belton, LeDea Harris, Chloe Bush, Kate Kincannon, Breanna Farrell and Ward all stood out on offense.
Also making key contributions for the Lady Tigers on defense was Nia Williams.
The Lady Tigers got a great match from Harris, who led the team with six kills and 20 digs.
Bush had five kills, Williams had three, while Ward added eight digs.
Belton received some strong passes from Farrell and Kincannon.
Farrell had a team-high nine assists, while Kincannon had six.
“Chloe is having to come in and play the middle position and I thought she did that very well tonight,” Brodbeck said. “Breanna was also really good tonight distributing the ball.”
Bush also had two blocks.
Also making key contributions for the Lady Tigers on offense were Jamie Janczak and Kamryn Madden.
Lorena (11-4) had an answer every time it seemed like the Lady Tigers appeared to get back into the contest.
Despite the loss, Belton still had some positives coming out of the match.
“Tonight we saw moments of great rallies, and are moving better defensively,” said Brodbeck.
Belton returns to action Thursday at the Robinson Varsity Tournament.
The Lady Tigers open the tournament against Robinson, Whitney and Rio Vista.
“I absolutely want to see the cohesiveness of our game come together,” said Brodbeck. “Tonight we just didn’t see some of our hitters produce and I think that’s what hurt us the most.”