Lady Dogs lead with winning attitudes


Celebrate Good Times, Come On! • Bryonne Brooks gets a slam and celebrates her win. Photo by Alex Nabor.

The varsity volleyball team won in 5 sets on Friday, Oct. 7 over Henderson at home wearing pink to honor those who have battled or are battling breast cancer.

“Beating Henderson felt amazing,” senior Ashtyn Lucas said. “It was incredible to see how we played and what we are capable of.”

The girls had 13 games and 6 tournaments all before district. On Friday Sept. 2-3 JVA and JVB had a tournament in Henderson, and JVA got third in the tournament. The girls had their first district game in Spring Hill, and both teams lost. Varsity lost with a score of 22-25.

Friday, Sept. 23, the girls drove an hour to Center and beat them. The Varsity won 6-25 and JVA won 10-25.

“I am most proud of my whole team. Last year we were all young so learning how to play with each other was a big conflict that we overcame,” senior Isabell Witt said. “This year we have our same team with the addition of three new players, and I couldn’t be more excited to play this season with my friends I call teammates.”

The Lady Bulldogs played Gilmer on Sept. 27 and the Varsity went to five games. The first game Gilmer won, but then the Bulldogs bit back and won the next two games. Then, Gilmer won the fourth and fifth.

This district is very different from years prior, due to the fact that there are changes in who the teams will be playing. The volleyball team played Carthage for the first time, and our Bulldogs girls went to five games. The fourth game they won with the score of 25-23 and then Carthage won the games to 15-13. JVA played two games against Carthage and won to 25-7.

On Oct. 4, Spring Hill came to Kilgore. The Bulldog girls went to 5 games and won the first two games 25-11. Spring Hill won one of the games with the score of 25-19, and another game Spring Hill won 25-22. They won the final 16-14.

JVA girls played three games against their opponent, Spring Hill. Spring Hill won the final game to 25-12.

The JVB girls went to three and the freshman Lady Bulldogs were defeated in the final game.

The Lady Dogs will keep pushing as they close out district with hopes of making playoffs.

They will be in district play Friday, Oct. 14 at Chapel Hill. Varsity will play at 4:30 with JVA and JVB to follow.

“We are working hard for Chapel Hill,” Lucas said. “It will be a difficult game especially since we are going to their home site.”

Coach Madeleine Harris things keeping the team in high spirits is important.

“They know that I believe in them and recognize and acknowledge that they are meeting the expectations,” Harris said. “It takes a lot of positive reinforcements. I push them by reminding them why they play this game, the goals they’ve set and the rewards that follow.”