Splendora ends superb Lady Bear run

Published 9:21 pm Monday, November 11, 2019


MONT BELVIEU – A tremendous Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears volleyball season came to an end Monday night as they fell to the Splendora Lady Wildcats in three games 26-24, 25-12, 25-22 in Class 4A Region III quarterfinal action at Barbers Hill High School.

The Lady Bears (29-11) fought hard for first-year head coach Rhonda Williams but they couldn’t quite overcome the hard-hitting Lady Wildcats (31-14).

The Lady Wildcats put together 46 kills in the match while the Lady Bears collected 26.

Jaylynn Knight and Shaelyn Sanders had 13 kills apiece to spark the Splendora attack.

Zoe Levens led the Lady Bears with eight kills while Chelsea Perry contributed six.

Game One was nip-and-tuck throughout but the Lady Wildcats snared a 24-21 cushion. Coach Williams called a quick timeout and the Lady Bears responded with a 3-0 run to tie it but the Lady Wildcats closed with the last two points as Knight finished it with a kill shot.

The Lady Wildcats controlled Game Two throughout and built a huge 21-7 lead. The Lady Bears staged a nice late rally, getting as close as 24-12.

Splendora zipped out to a commanding 7-1 lead in Game Three but the Lady Bears bounced back with true grit.

At one point, Trinity Williams served up six straight points, including two aces, as the Lady Bears got back to within 23-22. However, the Lady Wildcats closed it with kills from Sanders and Allie Jones.

Jones finished with 10 kills for the Lady Wildcats while Melany Owens had five.

Williams had five kills for the Lady Bears while Olivia Hogan contributed four.

Williams led the Lady Bears with eight service points and three aces. Brielle Butler had seven points and an ace while Perry added four points and an ace.

Ashton Schulz led the Lady Wildcats with 11 service points and an ace. Jones had nine points and an ace. Bree Bowers notched eight points while Kayla Martin had seven points.

It marked the end of a nice campaign for the Lady Bears. LC-M went a solid 10-2 in District 22-4A play to earn second-place behind Lumberton. The Lady Bears then went on to down a strong Tarkington team in five games in bidistrict playoff action and then downed Bay City in four games in the area round last Friday.