FLORENCE — Lampasas and Florence battled for the Silver bracket championship on Saturday in the Stampede Showdown tournament, hosted by the Lady Buffaloes.
Emma Cornish had five kills, and Olivia Zmolik added four as the Lady Badgers swept Florence 25-11, 25-21 for the title.
Brooklynne Edgar led Lampasas with 16 digs. Juliana Dwamena and Morgan Lovejoy each had two blocks.
It was not looking good for Florence in the first set. The Lady Buffs fell behind early 10-3. Once Lampasas got the lead, the Lady Badgers never gave it away.
The match was a little more contested in the second set. Florence actually got the lead in the beginning, 8-5, and held it for most of the game.
It looked as if Lampasas’ efforts to keep Florence from making a comeback had failed, but the teams switched roles. In this set Lampasas was the team that rallied, and the Lady Badgers won the Silver bracket.
Lampasas coach Whitney Doyen was happy with the win, and was not worried when Florence attempted a comeback.
“I trust in my kids,” she said. “Our biggest thing is effort, and I know we give a lot of effort every single play.”
Doyen said the championship is a starting point and believes the Lady Badgers will get better as the season goes on.
“The more we play, the better we get and the more confidence we’re going to have, so it’s enjoyable seeing these kids continue to grow.”
Lampasas earned a spot in the final by sweeping Manor New Tech 25-11, 25-18 earlier in the day.
Lampasas pulled ahead early to a 7-1 lead in the second set. New Tech started to close in on the Lady Badgers, but it was too late.
Cornish and Dwamena each had four kills for Lampasas. Zmolik led the team in digs with four. Dwamena also had two blocks.
The next two teams on the court were Florence and Holland.
Holland got the lead, 9-3, early in the game. But Florence was resilient and stayed in it. The Lady Buffs rallied and secured the victory, 25-23.
The second set was much easier Florence. The Lady Buffs won 25-13 to finish the sweep and join Lampasas in the Silver bracket finale.
- Lampasas def. Manor New Tech 25-11, 25-18
- Florence def. Holland 25-23, 25-13
- Lampasas def. Florence 25-11, 25-21