SPORTS HEADLINES

Lady Eagles taking care of business

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

SETTING UP – Decatur’s Stormi Leonard sets the ball Tuesday against Gainsville. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The No. 3 Decatur Lady Eagles swept their second straight district opponent Tuesday. The Lady Eagles put aside the Gainesville Lady Leopards 25-13, 25-14, 25-20.

“For our first district home game, we came out strong and ready to play,” Decatur coach Claire Rose said. “Then we got a little complacent late. We had a hard time in set three closing things out. Attacking-wise, we did some good things and made some good decisions.”

Decatur jumped out to a very fast start.

A Cooper Martin kill gave the Lady Eagles an early 7-3 lead in the first set. Darci Billmire extended the lead to 13-5 with another kill.

Gainesville got within nine at 17-8, but Decatur closed on an 8-5 run to end it.

Decatur picked up in the second set right where they left off in game one. The Lady Eagles cruised to a 16-4 lead. The Lady Leopards clawed back to within 19-12, but Decatur ended on a 6-2 run to take a commanding, two-game lead.

Gainesville took advantage of a Decatur letdown in the third set. The Lady Eagles struggled to even grab the lead as both teams continued to trade punches.

A Martin kill tied things up at 12-12, but Gainesville came right back, taking a 15-13 advantage.

Decatur responded with a 4-0 run to take the lead which they would never relinquish. Gainesville got to within 22-20 late, but the Lady Eagles ended things on a 3-0 run.

“I’m happy with the win,” Rose said. “We played well the first two sets. I’m happy with some things, but we still have some things to work on.”

Martin led the way with 16 kills, four blocks, two digs and an ace. Billmire finished with six kills and five blocks. Katie Isham added nine blocks.

Caroline Lowery recorded five kills, seven digs and a block. Stormi Leonard handed out 19 assists.

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