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Lady Cats fall short against Bears

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    Avery Meads (#5) tips the ball over the Bastrop defense. Photo by Geno Perez

After coming off of a bye on Tuesday, Elgin took on their Highway 95 rival, the Bastrop Bears, in what turned out to be a thriller of a game on Friday night.

The stands were packed with fans from Elgin as well as Bastrop.

Elgin took the first set and the Lady Bears came back by winning the second set. In the third set, the Lady Cats took a commanding 15-8 lead, but after some mistakes on defense as well as good play by Bastrop, the score was now 18-18. After a constant back and forth of points, Elgin took the lead and won 25-21.

With a 2-1 lead in the sets, the Wildcats were hoping to end the game in the next set, but the Bears wouldn’t quit. The score was within three points the whole set. The lead changed four times, and the score tied five times, including a time when Elgin lost back-to-back points in the fourth set after a score of 23-23.

A final set to 15 would decide who would take home the W and bragging rights.

Bastrop started off with three consecutive points to Elgin’s zero. With momentum and the score in Bastrop’s favor, 6-2, Elgin called a time out to try and refocus before things got out of hand. It didn’t seem to phase the Bears, because they scored three more points to Elgin’s two. Again the Elgin coach called a time out, but the serving and overall play of the Bears was too much for the Wildcats, who eventually lost 15-7.

Junior varsity was the only team to win on Friday. The freshman fell in a thriller of their own that went to three sets and overtime.

The Wildcats are now 1-3 in district play and will take on East View at home, which will be Elgin’s homecoming. Freshmen and junior varsity play at 5:30 p.m. and varsity plays at 6:30.