John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — After a sub-par performance at the Shelby/Pana Invite, then getting bulldogged by St. Teresa, it was a good time for Shelbyville to take a trip to Argenta. Shelby has had their number for a number of years.
The Lady Rams were able to work on some things and still win the 2-game set, 25-13, 25-23.
"We are working on some different options for our attack and I felt like we did a pretty good job for the first time working it," said Ram coach Lisa Peifer. "We played really well the first game and, like usual, let down the 2nd game. I was happy we held on for the win in the 2nd game. We have things to continue to work on for the postseason, but we"ll get it all together."
Shelbyville only had 13 kills, but had a block party. Ryann Ambrose was a wall, recording four blocks to go with three kills (7 net points). Haley Eisenbarth and Madison Boone had two blocks each.
Boone was back in the saddle, swinging for a team-high five kills and rising for two blocks (7 net points). She also led at the line with 13 points and two aces.
Claudia Watson raised her kill total, swinging for four kills to go with her two digs.
Rachel Fox and Lindsey Eigsti also had double-digit points. Fox had 10 points, two aces and Eigsti 10 points. Courtney Williams dished seven of the ten assists towards the 13 kills.
Brandy Smith led the balanced court defense with six of the 30 team digs.
Shelbyville def. Argenta 25-13, 25-23
Ram stats: Lindsey Eigsti 10 points, 3 assists, 2 digs; Claudia Watson 4 kills, 2 digs; Rachel Fox 10 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 5 digs; Madison Boone 13 points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks; Courtney Williams 6 points, 7 assists, 3 digs; Kelcie darnell 4 points, 2 digs; Jensen Cloe 2 digs; Brandy Smith 7 points, 6 digs; Ryann Ambrose 3 kils, 4 blocks; Haley Eisenbarth 4 digs, 2 blocks.
It was a Ram JV TCB in the prelim, winning easily, 25-16, 25-18.
"This was another great win for us," said JV coach Jamie Watson. "We are coming together more as a team, which at this point is a major goal for us."
Caylee Wheeler racked up 16 points at the service line and helpoed split the 12 assists. Sydney Miller was the top court defender, getting to 9 of the 27 team digs.
Jacque Johnston had another all-around game. She served up nine points and delivered a team-high three aces. She had two kills and half of the assists (5), while getting five to digs and rising for a block.
Torre Koontz was more involved in play. She served eight points and scored two aces. She had two kills, an assist and a dig.
Shelbyville def. Argenta, 25-16, 25-18
Ram stats: Caylee Wheeler 16 points, 1 ace, 6 assists, 1 dig; Sydney Miller 4 points, 1 kill, 9 digs; Blair Johnston 8 points, 3 digs; Jacque Johnston 9 points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 5 assists, 5 digs, 1 block; Hannah Koonce 3 points, 3 kills, 5 digs; Maddie Holland 5 kills, 4 blocks; Torre Koontz 8 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig; Peighton Donnel 1 dig; Madison Dove 1 kill, 1 assist; Madison Towne 2 points, 2 digs.