Photos by Kevin Nagle
After falling behind 5-9 in the final game of the match, the Lady Hornets’ Meagan Chism served to cut it to 7-9. After a sideout gave the Lady Panthers a 7-10 edge, the Lady Hornets broke serve and Faith Stone served up a rally and, despite a Cabot timeout, Bryant surged to a 12-10 lead.
Though the game was tight from then on, the Lady Panthers were unable to draw even again as the Lady Hornets extracted the victory.
“It was a good first game,” declared Lady Hornets coach Julie Long. “The girls fought hard through the whole game. We had some inconsistencies that showed the second set, but we pulled it back together the third set.
“They played hard and made some big plays just by hustling after the ball and not giving up on it,” she said. “This group plays with a lot of heart and continues to get better daily in practice.”
The opening game of the match featured service runs by Bimonii Jones and Chism. An early surge with Kristin Boyle serving and a late on from Stone helped too. Bryant surged to an 11-5 lead early. Cabot cut it to 17-20 late before Stone’s run from 21 to 23.
Bryant plays again on Thursday, Aug. 27, against Lake Hamilton at the Bryant Middle School gym.