Sports

Lady Bulldogs down Heart River Cougars

It has been a long fall season for the Bowman County faithful.

By DICK NUNEZ

Special to the Pioneer

Posted on October 19, 2012

There has not been much to cheer about on either the football field or volleyball court. The crowd gathered in Solberg Gymnasium to watch the Heart River Cougars take on the Bulldogs of Bowman County, filled the air with tension hoping they could let it all explode with a Bulldog victory. On this night, they would not be denied.

The Cougars are not an especially tall team, which meant the front line of Bowman County, led by 5’10” junior, Macy Smyle, could be in for a big night. It was another junior in the form of Brittany Hansey that paced the team early, killing the ball to give the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead. Smyle then delivered her “Sunday punch”, making the score 12-10. The Cougars rebounded to take the lead 23-15. Becca Fisher, a 5’5” sophomore, had a nice run of serves bringing the Bulldogs back to within 3 at 23-20. The Cougars held off the Bulldogs for a 25-21 win.

In game 2, the Bulldogs got off to a strong start. Smyle brought the crowd to its feet with a thunderous kill. The shot even brought smiles to coaches Jettie Swanson and Anne Hanson. Morgan Woodley, a 5’10” junior took a break from her new role as setter to register a kill of her own. Making the score 14-8 Bulldogs. Smyle pounded home another on a weak return from the Cougars making the score 19-10. The Cougars tried to rally, but the Bulldogs hung on 25-17.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth effort for both teams. Neither team could pull ahead more than just a few points until the Cougars took a 19-15 lead forcing the Bulldogs to take a time out. Bowman County came out of the time out fired up. After back-to-back kills by Smyle, the Bulldogs tied it up at 23-23. The momentum carried the Bulldogs to a 25-23 victory.

The Bulldogs looked strong going into game 4. Kaitlyn Dix, a 5’8” junior, put away a “quick” kill putting the Bulldogs up 10-8. A kill from Smyle made it 14-12 Bulldogs. Sierra Irons, a 5’4” junior, sacrificed her body to make a save that led to a Bulldog point, and followed that up with an ace to make the lead 16-12. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Cougars stormed back taking the lead at 24-20. A Smyle kill made it 24-22 in favor of Heart River, but the Cougars finished the game, 25-23.

In the tie-breaker, Smyle killed a weak return helping the Bulldogs surge ahead 4-0 causing Heart River to call a time out. Hansey serving caused the Cougars trouble which extended the lead 7-0. The Cougars answered with 5 straight points of their own making the score 7-5. Smyle and Dix registered kills making the score 9-6. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 12-7 forcing another Heart River time out. The Bulldogs did not let up finishing off the Cougars 15-9, taking the match 3 games to 2.

After the game a happy and relieved Coach Swanson said: “It was a great night overall. It was a great way to have parents night. Tonight’s team was clicking so well together and working hard all of the match. It was great to see them come together and bring each other up to the level we knew all along they were capable of playing at. Tonight’s match was hard fought and we took the momentum and ran with it. The girls set the bar high for the next matches.”

Stats:

Kills: Smyle 17, Hansey 10, Woodley 5, Dix 4, Digs: Irons 25, Sabe 19, Fisher 6, Assists: Woodley 28, Blocks: Smyle 3, Dix 1, Carlson 1, Aces: Hansey 5, Irons 3, Woodley 1