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Lady Eagles fly past Warriors

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013

{{{*}}}It was another day at the office for the fourth-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles in their area round win over Bonham Friday at Gainesville.

Decatur (36-7) disposed of the Lady Warriors in three games, 25-14, 25-17, 25-12.

Moving On

MOVING ON – Decatur’s Maclaine Lowery and her teammates celebrate the win over Bonham Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We came out with a lot more intensity than we did Tuesday night,” Decatur coach Claire Benedict said. “We had a good crowd, has some excitement and made some good plays.

“They [Bonham] are a much more talented team than they were last year, so it was good to see our team compete. I’m glad this is the performance we’re headed into the next round with.”

The win sets up a regional quarterfinal showdown with Argyle. The two teams were set to meet Tuesday.

Decatur set the tone early Friday, scoring the first four points with Makayla Mayfield at the serve line. The junior gave Decatur a 4-0 lead on one of her three aces.

Bonham got within two, but Decatur quickly extended it back to 19-11 on a Darci Billmire kill. The Lady Eagles ended the first game on a 6-3 run.

Another good start in the second game put Decatur in control. A Caroline Lowery kill gave them a 23-12 lead, but Bonham fought back with a 5-0 run to cut it to 23-17.

Decatur weathered the storm to put it away after that.

Bonham had the third game tied 7-7 before the Lady Eagles responded with a 7-0 run.

“We made a couple of mental errors and checking out of points a little early,” Benedict said. “It’s hard to stay focused when you’re scoring a lot of points and making things happen on your side of the net. The turnaround in the third set is definitely something we needed to see.”

Mayfield finished with seven kills and 13 digs. Cooper Martin added nine kills, six digs and three blocks.

Lowery recorded six kills and 12 digs. Dylana Hutchins put down six blocks and had three kills. Stormi Leonard handed out 33 assists and had seven digs.

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