West rally shocks Lady ‘Canes
Morristown West’s Jasmine WIlliams attempts a spike against Morristown East’s Madisson Westmoreland on Tuesday night at Isenberg-Siler Gymnasium.
Morristown West’s Jasmine Williams was relatively quiet through the first three games of Tuesday’s volleyball match at East. But when she got things cranked up in the fourth game, it was hard to stop her.
Williams was instrumental in rallying the Lady Trojans from two games down to defeat the Lady Canes 3-2 (22-25, 11-25, 25-20, 25-21 and 15-12).
She finished with 10 kills and 11 blocks with most coming in games four and five.
West coach Heather Kelley said that Williams was instrumental in the come-from-behind victory.
“We have known that Jasmine had that potential, it was just drawing it out of her,” Kelley said. “I saw a lot of growth tonight, not only from her but from a lot of our girls. We had mainly sophomores out there and they really grew and developed. It’s not just Jasmine, it everyone to get the win tonight. I am really proud of them.”
“We were not playing well and continued to hit into her,” East coach Holly Drinnon said of Williams and the Lady Hurricanes struggles in games four and five. “We just didn’t play smart. I thought we were flat, we didn’t come out as up as we had in the first game. Maybe we overextended ourselves a little in the first game.”
West jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in game one but East came back to make things closer at 16-14.
The Lady Canes took the lead for good at 23-22 and went on for a 25-22 victory.
Game two was all East as the Lady Canes were in control from the start. East built a 16-5 lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 25-11 win. “Our second game was seamless,” Drinnon said of the Lady Canes’ impressive play in the second game of the match. “We were very smooth and we did what we do and that is how the girls have been playing.”
The rally for West started in game three as they pulled away from a 20-19 score to win 25-20. Game four was when things turned around for the Lady Trojans. East enjoyed an early lead until the Lady Trojans reeled off 11 straight points to take a 13-7 lead. The play of Williams was a large part of the scoring binge.
The match was tied at 20-20 before West forced the fifth and deciding game by winning game four, 25-21.
West led 8-3 in the final game before the Lady Canes came back to tie it at 10-10 and again at 12-12. But the Lady Trojans had just enough to get the final three points to prevail 15-12.
Drinnon said she was proud of how her team kept fighting in game despite the fact all the momentum seemed to be tilted in West’s favor. “We came back really well and I was proud of their fight but it’s a situation where we kind of fell out of the groove and it was like we had to fight for every point. And we did,” Drinnon said.
“We grew in mental toughness tonight and this is a great environment,” Kelley said of her team’s performance playing in front of a loud and rambunctious crowd. “This is how I wish every game would be because it’s exciting and fun and kids enjoy it.”
Hannah Beth Moorhouse had 14 kills and 28 digs for the Lady Trojans. Abbe Craine added 29 digs. East was paced by a terrific game from Rachael Cutshaw, who had 17 kills and 29 digs. Peyton McDaniel added 36 digs for East.
-By Marlin Curnutt, Tribune Correspondent