City digs for cure, falls to Pats

   On a night when the Lady Eagles donned pink shirts to show their support for finding a cure for cancer on “Dig For A Cure” night, it was the Heritage Lady Patriots who left Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium with a   victory, taking a hard-fought five-game win over the Lady Eagles.
   After dropping the first game 20-25, the Lady Eagles came back to take the next two games 25-17 and 28-26 and had built a 7-2 lead in game four before falling 19-25. The Lady Eagles dropped the deciding fifth game by a 10-15 count to fall in the match 2-3.
   In game one the Lady Eagles fell behind 6-2 on two Heritage blocks and a Columbia City serve reception error, but came back to close two within one at 10-9 on several Heritage errors.
   The Lady Eagles pulled to within one again at 19-18 but got no closer as a Heritage kill and service ace put the Lady Patriots up 24-20. Heritage closed out game one on an Eagle passing error 25-20.
   In game two the Lady Eagles came out of a 6-6 tie to build a three-point lead on two straight Heritage serve reception errors and kills by Hailey Woll and Kalisha Goree.
   Two kills by Madi Sjahfiedin helped extend that lead to 16-10.  Leading 22-17, Moore recorded a block and a kill to set up a game point for the Eagles, 24-17.
   Game three was the closest of the night with neither team taking a lead of greater than two points throughout.
   The lead seesawed back and forth throughout the entire contest with the Lady Eagles having a chance to win, leading 24-23 after a dump shot winner by Hinen. But the Lady Patriots came back with a dump shot of their own to knot the score at 24-24.  
   A Heritage tip, a Moore block, a Lady Patriot hitting error followed by a dump shot winner by the visitors, tied the score at 26-26. Another Heritage hitting error and a kill by Goree closed out game.
   At the beginning of game four it looked like the Lady Eagles had hit their stride taking leads of 4-0 and 7-2 in the early going.
   A kill by Tabi Worden put the Eagles up 10-4. A Columbia City net violation and two kills by Heritage’s Abby Saalfrank pulled the visitors to within one at 13-12.
   A block and kill by Saalfrank and a Columbia City passing error gave Heritage its first lead of the game at 18-17. Heritage ran off five more points in the string to take a 23-17 lead.
   Game five saw the Lady Patriots jump out to a four-point lead to start the contest. A kill by Woll and two Heritage net violations brought the Lady Eagles to within two at 11-9, but the Eagles got no closer.
   “We didn’t play that badly,” Lady Eagle head coach Trish Hinen said. “We just didn’t play well enough to close out some of the rallies. I told the girls that the season is over now and that we have to prepare for Whitko in sectionals.”
   The CC JV took a two-game win over the visiting Lady Patriot JV. The Eagles took game one 25-19, and came back to take game two 25-17.
   The Lady Eagle “C” team closed out a 14-5 season and a perfect 8-0 home record with a 25-14, 25-14 win over Heritage.
   The Lady Eagles return to action next Thursday when they travel to Tippecanoe Valley to take on Whitley County rival Whitko in  sectional competition.