LINDALE — Don’t blink. Three nights after opening the playoffs with a 50-minute sweep of Hawkins, the Beckville Ladycats improved on that time with a 48-minute, 25-11, 25-7, 25-11 sweep of Detroit on Thursday in a Region III Class 2A area playoff match at Eagle Gymnasium.
The win, which came after a 45-minute delay prior to the match due to late-arriving officials, moves the Ladycats to 37-8 on the season and into the regional quarterfinal round of the postseason. Beckville will face either Carlisle or Boles next week for the right to advance to the Region III Tournament next weekend at Longview’s Lobo Coliseum.
Detroit ends its season at 27-11.
Kinley Pepper sprayed around 33 assists, again using several different weapons in a balanced attack at the net. Miranda Mize led the way with 13 hammers. Jordan Tondreau had eight, Allison Baker six, Payton Jones four, Kinsley Rivers three and Lindsey Baker two.
Courtlyn Nail led with 16 digs, adding a couple of aces. Pepper finished with 10 digs, Tondreau five, Jones nine digs and two aces, Baker five digs and Mize four digs.
Kaisen Eldridge had nine assists in the loss for Detroit. Callie Jaynes finished with five blocks and two kills, Britney Ricks two kills, Kora Henderson three kills and Abi Shelby two kills and a couple of blocks.
A couple of tips that dropped in gave Detroit a 2-0 lead in the opening set, but a Mize kill off a Pepper set broke serve and Pepper went to the service stripe. When she left, Beckville had an 8-2 lead and firm control of the set.
A short run by Detroit later pulled the Lady Eagles to with seven points (14-7) following back-to-back kills by Ricks and Henderson, but Beckville regained momentum and closed things out with an 11-4 run to win the opener.