JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Neoga is in a cat fight for 3rd in the NTC, behind St. Anthony and Altamont. They came into Shelbyville on Monday to try and knock off the Lady Rams. Although Neoga was not-so ready for that challenge, they proved why they are in contention in their conference. Shelby survived, 25-18, 25-23.
"We jumped on Neoga early and kind of cruised to the 1st game win," said Ram coach Lisa Peifer.
Following her 19 kill performance last week. Maddy Boone led the Rams at the net again with eight of the Rams 26 kill total. Courtny Williams was tops at the service line with 13 points and Lindsey Eigsti dished 13 of the team's 19 assists.
"The lack of intensity worried me and rightfully so, as we found ourselves down 9-17 in game 2. We were a little sluggish with our arm swings and had too many errors into the net on our attack."
Brandy Smith had a solid all-around game as did Williams. Smith served nine points, had five kills among the seven different Rams who split 26 kills. She also had three digs and one of the two blocks.
"We finally got some good swings and served pretty aggressively to force some overhangs we were able to take advantage of."
The Ram defense was a collective effort with 19 digs. Rachel Fox and Williams led the effort with four digs each. Smith and Kelcie Darnell added net defense with one block each. Darnell also scored the only Ram ace.
Shelbyville def. Neoga, 25-18, 25-23
Ram stats: Lindsey Eigsti 5 points, 13 assists, 2 digs; Claudia Watson 4 kills, 2 assists, 1 dig; Rachel Fox 8 points, 3 kills, 4 digs; Madison Boone 8 points, 8 kills, 2 digs; Courtney Williams 13 points, 3 kills, 3 assists, 4 digs; Kelcie Darnell 7 points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Jensen Cloe 2 digs; Brandy Smith 9 points, 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 block; Haley Eisenbarth 4 kils, 1 assist.
"Overall, we played very well," said JV coach Jamie Watson. "We did lacke fire. That is something we need to work on."
Shelbyville def. Neoga 25-17, 25-14
Ram stats: Caylee Wheeler 4 points, 6 assists, 4 digs; Sydney Miller 4 points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 3 digs; Ryann Ambrose 5 kills, 2 blocks; Blair Johnston 3 aces, 9 digs; Jacque Johnston 15 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 10 assists, 2 digs, 1 block; Hannah Koonce 10 points, 2 aces, 4 kills, 7 digs; Maddie Holland 12 points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks; Torre Koontz 1 dig; Madison Dove 1 kill; Madison Towne 2 aces, 3 digs.
"The girls did well," said fresh-soph coach Ann Dunaway. "Everyone got a chance to play, which was nice to see."
Stats were divvied up pretty good with everyone getting floor time. However, Dakota Forsyth was on fire at the service line. She served up a match-high 14 points and delivered a team-high three aces.
Karlee Herzog was the net threat, swinging for a team-high four kills, plus her five points. Isabel Leach had 5 of 6 assists, while Shelby Hendrix, Elly Oldham, and Kary Langan led the defense.
Shelbyville def. Neoga, 15-5, 15-3, 15-12
Ram stats: Isabel Leach 1 point, 1 kill, 5 assists; Quincy Beyers 7 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig; Kary Langan 3 points, 1 block; Shelby Hendrix 2 points, 1 assist, 2 digs; Karlee herzog 5 points, 1 ace, 4 kills; Jerrica Hood 1 kill, 1 dig; Torre Koontz 5 points, 2 aces; Elly Oldham 2 digs; Dakota Forsyth 14 points, 3 aces, 1 dig; Caylee Wheeler 8 points, 2 aces, 1 kill.
Shelby varsity (11-6), JV (6-1) and fresh-soph (8-2) were to host Clinton on Tuesday.