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Central Hardin visited the Marion County Lady Knights on Oct. 1 and returned home with a win. The Lady Bruins won the match in three sets, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20.
“We couldn’t pass to save our lives,” Marion County Coach David Hibbard said.
Nevertheless, Hibbard did see a bright spot for the Lady Knights. During the first half of the third set, Marion County was outplaying the Lady Bruins, even forcing them to take a timeout while trailing 17-12.
After that break, however, the Lady Bruins outscored the Lady Knights, 13-3 to win the third set and the match.
“Our best is better than their best. We just didn’t do it the whole game,” Hibbard said.
Marion County returned to the court Thursday for a road match against the Elizabethtown Panthers. Unfortunately, for the Lady Knights, Elizabethtown handed them their second loss of the week, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19.
Hibbard said the opening set against the Panthers was closer than the score suggested. Marion County held a 7-3 lead early, but hitting and blocking errors left the Lady Knights trailing 15-11, according to Hibbard.
Despite the loss, he saw positive things from his team.
“We competed and fought better than at any point this season. We were playing without our best left side hitter Abby Murphy but everybody stepped up their game,” he said.
Murphy, a senior, has a sprained MCL, according to Hibbard.
The second set was close until the end, when the Panthers recorded five aces in the final seven points. Hibbard added that the third set was also close, except for a stretch where the Lady Knights’ defense broke down.
“I also give E’town a lot of credit. They stepped up and played about as well defensively as I have ever seen a team play,” Hibbard said. “They held Alexus Calhoun to one kill and she was getting great swings on the ball.”
He added that Marion County competed with the Panthers. Now, Hibbard wants his team to keep their competitive fire while eliminating their mistakes.