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Lady Eagles take game to new heights

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

With another three-set sweep the No. 3 Decatur Lady Eagles made history Tuesday, advancing to the Class 3A Region II Tournament. It is the furthest the program has ever been.

Decatur (41-3) took down Krum in the Class 3A Region II quarterfinal 25-12, 25-17, 25-12.

GOOD TIMES – Stormi Leonard celebrates Decatur’s win in the second set Tuesday. The Lady Eagles advanced to the class 3A Regional Tournament with the victory. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment for this group of girls,” Decatur coach Claire Rose said. “They worked and stayed composed in the situation. The third set we took control and never let them back in it.”

Krum struggled to generate offense as Decatur dominated the net. Katie Isham had a 13-block night.

The Lady Eagles took the first set, leading throughout. Their only bit of adversity came in the second game.

After Decatur jumped out to a 10-4 lead, Krum rallied out of a time-out to bring the game within 14-12.

“We got a little frazzled and started doing some things we don’t usually do,” Rose said. “When we do that we get ourselves in trouble.

“We had to compose ourselves and find our rhythm again and once we did that we finished strong.”

Battling a high-energy environment, Decatur took a 20-16 lead before finally pulling away for the win.

“It was a lesson tonight for our team to be in a high-intensity situation with a big crowd,” Rose said. “It was good to get through it and learn from that experience.”

In the final set with Decatur leading 6-5, Cooper Martin went to the serve line and put the match away. Decatur scored 11 straight points while Martin served, extending their lead to 18-5.

Martin led the Lady Eagles with seven kills, seven blocks and five aces. Caroline Lowery had six kills, seven blocks and two digs. Darci Billmire finished with nine blocks and four kills. Makayla Mayfield added four kills and 10 digs.

Stormi Leonard recorded 23 assists, five digs and two aces.

TOUGH DIG – Caroline Lowery gets the dig in Decatur’s win over Krum Tuesday. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

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