Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Lady Panthers gain momentum in league play

Bailee Haywood breaks a block over the CORE Butte Lynx’s defense last Thursday in their 3-0 set win.

The Maxwell Lady Panthers may have fallen short in their first conference match-up but the team redeemed themselves with a three game winning streak, with two wins stemming from last week. Traveling to Chester on Sept. 28, Maxwell took the win by way of a 3-1 set victory and final scores of 18-25, 25-20, 25-11 and 25-11. No stats were available for this game. 

“This team is great at bouncing back,” said Maxwell’s head coach Ashley Krug “We are taking it one game at a time and making some minor adjustments along the way. The girls are doing an outstanding job on the court as a team.” 

Last Thursday, Maxwell hosted the CORE Butte Lynx’s and swept the series with final scores of 25-17, 27-25 and 25-17. Paige Vierra gave a stand-up performance from the service line and net, laying down nine total kills and seven aces. Perla Herrera contributed four kills and three aces, while Bailee Haywood and Laisha Izquirdo controlled the defense with seven digs each towards the win. 

“We are getting stronger offensively and defensively with each game,” said Audree Wills. “It’s a learning curve with every team we face. We are a small team but always rise to the challenge.”

Maxwell now holds an 11-3 overall record, with a 3-1 league record giving them a second place position for conference match-ups. Tuesday, the Lady Panthers traveled to the 2-5 Burney Raiders, and tonight they descend to Redding Christian for a re-match. A win tonight would place Maxwell in a tie with Redding Christian for first place standing in the league.

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