DUBLIN — In an emotionally charged match, the Bangs Lady Dragons collected the most impressive in their string of pre-district victories Saturday, upsetting the Class 2A Dublin Lady Lions on their home court.
Bangs prevailed, 28-26, 26-28, 25-14, 16-25, 15-10 to improve to 14-5 on the season.
“The Lady Dragons had one of their best games I have ever seen us play,” said Bangs second-year head coach Colleen Westfall. “The rallies were long and intense. We knew traveling to Dublin was going to be a battle beginning to end and the Lady Dragons came out swinging. I am so proud of the girls and their focus and intensity. We did not have home court advantage but we sure had the fan advantage. The crowd support was a key factor to our unwillingness to give up because of their energy."
The offensive attack was sparked by Kinsie Ward’s career-high 29 kills trailed by 13 from Jaylee Roberts, 11 from Morgan Morales, eight from Kady Kyle and two from Callie Sprowls. Cheyenne Lovelady dished out 50 assists, while Kassidy Adams added three. Ward also served two aces while Kyle and Roberts contributed one apiece.
“It was the best game and the most exciting,” Sprowls said. “We never gave up and we finished each and every play. We came out pumped and had great momentum. We never failed to hustle for the ball.”
On the defensive end, Ward put forth another career-best effort with 44 digs followed by 28 from Roberts, 25 from Lovelady, 15 from Adams, 14 each from Kyle and Morales and nine from Liz Pettit. Kyle was credited with three blocks, Ward chipped in two and Morales and Sprowls finished with one each.
“We played really well and executed when we needed to,” Roberts said. “Our momentum never dropped and we constantly played at the level we know how to play. We had a lot of hustle plays and had our two youngest teammates step up when we needed them to. Overall, I think this was our best game of the season.”
The Lady Dragons (14-5) will be back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Hill. Bangs is 2-2 against District 8-3A members thus far, defeating Brownwood and Lampasas, while falling to Burnet and Llano.