Sale Creek Stays Alive In State After Opening Loss

Lady Panthers Lose 3-0 To Berean Christian At Murphy Center In Opener

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - by John Hunt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The 2017 state volleyball tournament didn’t start out the way the Sale Creek Lady Panthers had hoped.

Facing the Berean Christian Lady Eagles from Knoxville in the first round, Sale Creek never led in the match and were basically beaten by a better team.

Set scores were 25-16, 25-14 and 25-13.

Things were a bit better for the Lady Panthers as they rallied to beat Union City in the first round of the losers bracket, Sale Creek winning by scores of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-13.

Sale Creek had been playing really well in recent weeks as they won district and regional titles with impressive sweeps and the Lady Panthers didn’t seem to have much trouble beating Gordonsville in the sectional.

But for a team who appears to be as good as any team in the tournament, things just didn’t click in the match against Lady Eagles.

Sale Creek coach Debbie Hill was certainly less than pleased as she went outside as soon as the match was over to catch her breath while assistant coaches handled the post-match assessment.

“I just had to get out and get a breath of fresh air as I couldn’t stand it anymore,” the veteran coach said while enjoying a cool, sunny afternoon.

“We played horrible and we were inconsistent the entire match.  What we’ve been doing so well in recent weeks just went away today as we didn’t battle and we never fought back when we got behind.

“We’ve been here before and I really don’t know what the problem was, but we basically let one player beat us,” she said in reference to Lily Felts, a powerful 5-11 senior who made life miserable for the Lady Panthers.

“She has a really good supporting cast, but I’m really disappointed in the way we played.  There are no excuses, but we just weren’t here to play today,” Hill added.

Abbey Burton had 11 kills and Morgan Weatherford eight digs for Sale Creek.  Jayda Perry was credited with 23 assists, but other than those three players, there wasn’t much else to say for Sale Creek’s effort.

The Lady Panthers are now 37-13 and face Loretto in Wednesday's first match.   .

SALE CREEK STATS:

Abbey Burton – 11 kills, 5 digs

Madysun Steele – 5 kills

Gracie Janow – 4 kills, 2 blocks

Jayda Perry – 2 digs, 23 assists, 1 ace

Morgan Weatherford – 8 digs

Avery Cox – 1 kill, 5 digs, 1 ace

Allison Smith – 3 digs, 1 ace.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@gmail.com)


PREP SCHEDULES

37th Annual McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament Is This Weekend

Cleveland State's Madison Guider Continues Cross Country Career At Tennessee Wesleyan


PREP BASKETBALL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 CSAS at Grace FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Rhea Co. Tournament – Walker Valley Walker Valley at Notre Dame Soddy Daisy at Sequatchie Co. ... (click for more)

Thirty wrestling teams from four states will converge on the McCallie School campus Friday and Saturday for the 37th Annual McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The two-day event brings ... (click for more)

History was made once again for the Cleveland State Cross-Country team on Tuesday, when Lady Cougar cross country runner Madison Guider signed a scholarship to run for Tennessee Wesleyan University. ... (click for more)


Sports

PREP SCHEDULES

PREP BASKETBALL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 CSAS at Grace FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Rhea Co. Tournament – Walker Valley Walker Valley at Notre Dame Soddy Daisy at Sequatchie Co. Hixson at Red Bank CSAS at Lookout Valley Ridgeland at East Ridge Bradley at East Hamilton CCS at Silverdale Cleveland at Fulton Tyner at Brainerd Signal Mountain at White ... (click for more)

37th Annual McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament Is This Weekend

Thirty wrestling teams from four states will converge on the McCallie School campus Friday and Saturday for the 37th Annual McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The two-day event brings some of the top wrestling programs in the Southeast for top-notch competition and promises exciting and thrilling matches for those in attendance. The Blue Tornado are the defending ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Chattanooga Police Sergeant Facing Criminal Charge After Arrest In Prostitution Sting

The Chattanooga Police Department has opened an internal investigation of a sergeant in CPD's Investigations Bureau on Thursday after he was taken into custody for solicitation of prostitution. The arrest came during a joint enforcement operation between the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Chattanooga Police Department's Vice Unit. Sgt. Peter Turk was off duty and ... (click for more)

Local Boy Scout Council Says It Is Financially Sound Despite Woes At National Level

The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves 11 counties in Tennessee and northwest Georgia, has informed its executive board, donors, supporters, and volunteers that the local organization remains financially strong in light of recent national news stories concerning consideration of bankruptcy at the national level of the organization. Officials said, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Tom Caldwell Was Always A Champion For Orange Grove

Tom Caldwell was a devoted husband, father of four children and 13 grandchildren, veteran of World War II, Harvard University law school graduate, church member and outstanding corporate, tax and estate planning attorney at three of Chattanooga's leading law firms. His family, personal, legal, military, religious and civic duties are too many to list. As a member of the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Best Breakfast Ever

As I have grown older, I have grown more peculiar. I love having so many wonderful friends who I’ll see out in the mornings, all hail and hardy, but most of the time I enjoy having breakfast by myself. Hear me out: whether it is the Cracker Barrel, the Bluegrass Café or any number of other places I enjoy, most often there are delightful people who invite me to share their table ... (click for more)