Lady Mustangs push first-place Silsbee to the limit
WEST ORANGE — Taking first-place Silsbee to the brink, the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs fought the Lady Tigers tooth-and-nail before coming up just short as Silsbee escaped Mustang Gym with a 20-25, 25-19, 25-14, 24-26, 15-10 victory.
The win keeps the Lady Tigers undefeated in district play at 6-0 while the Lady Mustangs slipped to 2-4.
The Lady Tigers got a little feisty when they took a 24-17 lead Game Four but they simply could not put the match away.
The Lady Mustangs never-say-die attitude prevailed in the game as they rallied to score the last nine points to force a fifth and deciding game behind the hitting of Ja’Tajah Vital and Shatyra Allen.
In Game Five, the 1-2 Lady Tiger punch of Mallorie Brooks and Eranishia Carmenar proved to be too much as Silsbee ran off with eight of the match’s last 11 points to hang on for the win.
Allen led the Lady Mustang offense with 17 kills while Vital chimed in with 15. Elecia Barlow contributed six kills.
Vital led WO-S with 16 service points to go along with two aces. Natiyah Brumfield collected six points and a pair of aces. Barlow served up five points and two aces. Destiny LeBouef had five points and an ace while Lexi Holt added five points.
Brooks muscled her way to a whopping 22 kills to pace the Lady Tiger arsenal while Carmendar had 20 of her own.
Brandis Bass collected seven kills while Emery Maze had six and Eva S˙ort added five.
Chelsea Mouton led the Lady Tigers with 16 service points and five aces. Brooks had 13 points and an ace,. Kennedy Sam collected 10 points while Breann Tackett had nine points and three aces.
Game One was tight as the teams were tied 19-19 but Vital and Allen led a WO-S surge, leading the Lady Mustangs to a 6-1 run to finish it.
Game Two was tight as well with the teams being tied at 17-17 but Carmenar collected five of her kills as Silsbee won that one with a 8-2 spurt.
The Lady Tigers scored 10 of the last 12 points in Game Three to go up 2-1.
The Lady Mustangs will look to bounce back on Friday when they visit Little Cypress-Mauriceville.