(Logan Dority getting ready to serve against Prairiland Tuesday night)

By Greg Higgins
Coming into Tuesday’s game, both the Prairiland Lady Patriots and North Lamar Pantherettes were hoping to prove something. If not to anyone else, at least to themselves.

For the Lady Patriots, it’s about proving they’re heading in the right direction. For North Lamar, it’s about proving they can make a run for a district title and a deep playoff run.

With both teams having things to prove, both teams played like it; sending the game to five sets with North Lamar eventually coming out on top (18-25, 25-17, 25-16, 23-26, 15-6).

The first set saw Prairiland jump out early. Defensively, the team was all over the court. That style continued the whole game as the Lady Pats totaled 92 digs in the game. Five different players had at least 10 digs in the game, being led by Lanna Riney with 22.

“I want to look at the stats and see how many digs we had,” Prairiland head coach Brandon Oats said after the game. “Our defense was good tonight. It was one of our better efforts. It shows we need to play defense to make things run and we did tonight.”

On the other side, North Lamar finished with 116 total digs as a team. They were led by Zoey Figueroa and her 41 digs. Logan Dority added 11 digs to go with 34 assists, eight kills and a block.

“This was our game to win and we had to put everything out there and reduce our mistakes,” Dority said after the game.

Stats for Prairiland:
Lana Riney: 22 digs, 1 assist
Reese White: 32 assists, 12 digs
Jasmine Elrod: 5 digs, 1 block
Maebry Parris: 10 kills, 10 digs
Ryleigh Sims: 9 kills, 2 blocks, 21 digs
Addi Bettis: 11 kills, 1 block, 18 digs
Aubree Phillips: 1 block
Skylar Johnson: 5 kills, 1 block, 4 digs

Stats for North Lamar:
Emery Reeves: 7 digs
Roselyn Spencer: 5 kills, 6 assists, 2 digs, 2 blocks
Zoey Figueroa: 1 ace, 2 kills, 8 assists, 41 digs
Claire Emeyabbi: 1 ace, 76 assists, 12 digs
Libby Jones: 1 ace, 7 kills, 3 assists, Logan Dority: 11 digs, 34 assists, 8 kills, 1 block
Lane Alexa: 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig
Lauren Dority: 2 kills, 4 assists, 10 digs, 1 block
Natalie Washington: 1 dig,
Lilly Stewart: 2 aces, 1 assist, 3 digs,
Theari Dorsey: 2 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs,

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