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3A Regional Semifinal- Silver Creek 3, Lawrenceburg 0

Corydon- No. 11 Silver Creek ended No. 20 Lawrenceburg’s 2019 season with a 3-0 victory in the first regional semifinal played Saturday at Corydon Central.  Game scores were 25-17, 25-17 and 25-14.

This match was part of our Margaret Mary Health Fall Sports Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in 720p HD by clicking here.

Coach Jeff Zimmerman’s Dragons from Sellersburg entered the match with 12 losses after producing 30-win seasons during each of their regional championship seasons of 2017 and 2018.  But those dozen defeats were against stellar competition.  Not one came against an opponent outside the state’s top 40 (state, not class).  Seven losses were to programs in the state’s top 20.

The Silver Creek resume is very impressive.  But even as prepared as the Dragons were for another postseason run and as talented as they are, Silver Creek could not knock off No. 1 Evansville Memorial in the regional finals. The Tigers won 25-8, 25-20 and 26-24 for their third regional championship.

In the opening semifinal set, coach Staci Knigga’s Tigers got off to a fast 6-2 start.  The Dragons came back and swapped leads with LHS three more times with SC securing the final lead change at 12-11. Up 15-14, the Dragons took control and later closed on a 5-0 run to win 25-17.

There were four lead changes early in game two with Silver Creek capturing the last switch on a 5-0 run to move ahead 9-5.  Lawrenceburg cut the deficit to one, 9-8, but the Dragons exploded for 10 consecutive points.  Down 19-8, LHS tried to stay in the set but got no closer than six points. Silver Creek won by eight, 25-17.

The third set was all Silver Creek which led the entire way, less a 2-2 tie.  Once up 11-4, it was no longer a question of if but when the Dragons would win.  They capped the three-game sweep in 25-14 fashion.

Silver Creek won the match thanks to significant advantages in passing and digging.  While they Dragons have dynamic hitting, their court coverage and backline consistency were incredible.

SEI Local Sports selected Dragon Bella Hinton as our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Player of the Match. The junior unloaded for 20 kills with a kill percentage of .606 and a hitting percentage of .515.  She also recorded three aces and two blocks.

Other notable performances by Silver Creek included Katie Hawkins who picked her spots to attack and tallied 11 kills.  Libero Mallory Ramsey was outstanding in coverage with 16 digs, many of which were not easy, and logged 21 serve receptions without an error.  Macie Garrison had a great morning setting with 39 assists and also was productive on the net with six kills and three stuffs.  And Alexis Striegel was perfect on 18 serving attempts which included a match-high five aces.

Lawrenceburg was led offensively by Cora Taylor with 10 kills.  Senior Juliana Kemper had five hammers in her final match along with two blocks, one ace and six digs.  Emma Sandford, Katy Wyly and Bridgette Blondell also will graduate from a Tiger team which won its seventh sectional championship and finished 25-7.

Silver Creek fell short of a third straight regional after losing to Evansville Memorial in the finals.  The Dragons 2019 record was 22-13.

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