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Lady T-Birds SWIAC champs...again

Monday, October 8, 2012

Eastern Greene's Peyton Gilliatt (4) swings while teammate Casie Divine (8) and Shakamak defender Emily Montgomery look on. The Lady Thunderbirds won its 31st consecutive Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference volleyball match after defeating the Lady Lakers in three sets Monday at Jasonville. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
JASONVILLE -- The twin jackhammers of Eastern Greene seniors Scottie Ingram and Casie Divine proved they can do more than just find empty spaces in opposing defenses.

In what could only be described as a dismantling of the Shakamak Lady Lakers in the second and third sets, the duo served with deadly accuracy and plenty of aces to lead the Lady Thunderbirds to a 25-16, 25-6, 24-3 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win here Monday night.

"I always worry about Monday games," EGHS (29-2, 8-0) coach Gina Ingram said. "We planned on practicing on Saturday and we had some kids taking college visits, so I decided to cancel Saturday practice and sometimes our heads fall off and roll around on the floor.

Eastern Greene senior Scottie Ingram (left) puts down one of her 13 kills over Shakamak's Brooke Samm during a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference volleyball match at Jasonville Monday night. The Lady Thunderbirds won their fourth consecutive SWIAC title. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
"We kind of started slow and had to get a kick start, we had to do that a little bit tonight."

And oh by the way, it was the crowning jewel in a fourth straight SWIAC crown -- and 31st consecutive league win, which ties the mark held by Bloomfield from 1997-2002.

"That's impressive I believe," Ingram said of the consecutive crowns. "This group of kids have worked very hard.

"I can say now that they're undefeated in the conference and that shows how hard they've worked together as a group. This group of seniors has worked hard to do that."

As for the 31 straight wins, Ingram said it was just as impressive but a lot more of a subdued achievement.

"That's pretty big," she said. "That being said, these girls since the seventh grade haven't lost to a SWIAC opponent and that's pretty huge.

"I think that's a pretty big accomplishment for them and I think they have a lot of things they are very proud of and we need to continue to do that."

After the Lady Lakers tried to make things interesting by jumping to an early lead in the first set, the Lady Thunderbirds shifted from the flat-footed look they enter the night with to a level all their own.

"The first set we did really good," Shakamak (3-20, 0-8) coach Brooke Collins said. "Our serve receive was better and we set the ball up which gave us chances to attack, but the second and third sets our serve receive was horrible."

Eastern Greene quickly put behind them the four deadlocks and two lead changes that gave the hosts hope for an upset -- a false hope that quickly vanished as the second and third sets unfolded.

"They're good spot servers and can serve it where they want to," Collins said. "They definitely found our weak spots and took advantage.

"We probably only hit the ball a few times in the last couple of sets."

In set No. 2 Ingram -- who is ranked by the IHSAA as the No. 1 player in the state -- served her team from a 6-3 marginal lead to an insurmountable 22-3 grip on the scoreboard.

During the run -- which the senior began with a kill to break Shakamak's serve -- Ingram slammed down seven aces, watched from the back row as Divine -- the state's fifth rated player -- pounded home three kills and joined teammate Peyton Gilliatt in a block at the net, watched Gilliatt drill one kill herself and benefited from three Shakamak hitting errors that ended up in the net.

The third set was even more anti-climatic as Divine staked the Lady Thunderbirds to a 19-0 lead almost by herself.

First the lefty pounded down one of her six kills then ripped through the Shakamak serve receive with 18 straight points of her own.

During her terrorizing of the Lady Laker defense she collected all eight of her aces, observed two of Ingram's game-high 13 kills, Darci Abell's only winner and benefited from 11 Shakamak miscues at the net.

Divine's run finally ended when SHS middle hitter Kelsey Pilant drove home one of her team-high five kills.

"Casie and Scottie and Leanna (Bailey) came in and served very well," coach Ingram said. "That was probably about the best that Leanna has served to date and hopefully she will continue to do that.

"Casie and Scottie served very well and kept them on their heels."

The coach credited solid play by her team in keeping the Lady Lakers off balance as a key to the long serving runs.

"We did a good job of keeping the ball in their hands when the ball was returned," she said. "That's good team work."

In the junior varsity contest Eastern Greene prevailed 25-13, 25-15.

The Lady Lakers return to action Tuesday (tonight) when they host South Knox while the Lady Thunderbirds travel to Shoals on Wednesday.

Eastern Greene varsity stats

Peyton Gilliatt -- 3 points, 1 ace, 6 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 3 kills.

Scottie Ingram -- 16 points, 7 aces, 6 digs, 3 solo blocks, 13 kills.

Casie Divine -- 20 points, 8 aces, 9 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 6 kills.

Darci Abell -- 1 point, 2 digs, 1 kill.

Brittnee Morris -- 2 points, 1 dig, 1 kill.

Kelsey Fleener -- 8 digs, 1 kill.

Leanna Bailey -- 13 points, 4 aces, 4 digs, 1 solo block, 25 assists, 2 kills.

Shakamak varsity stats

Kassandra Fetz -- 6-6 serving, 3 points, 6 assists, 2 digs.

Bryly Shipman -- 2 digs.

Kelsey Fulford -- 6-6 serving, 3 points, 1 kill, 3 digs.

Cassie Beck -- 4-5 serving, 1 point, 1 ace.

Brooke Samm -- 2-3 serving, 3 kills.

Kiley Ashcraft -- 2 digs.

Cassidy Smith -- 1 dig.

Kelsey Pilant -- 3-5 serving, 1 point, 1 ace, 5 kills, 1 block.

Eastern Greene junior varsity stats

Katie Morguson -- 6 points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 2 digs, 2 solo blocks, 9 kills.

Amanda Butler -- 4 points, 1 ace, 2 digs, 2 kills.

Libby Tarr -- 12 points, 2 aces, 6 assists, 1 dig.

Rachael Sargent -- 5 points, 2 aces, 2 digs, 1 kill.

Brittnee Morris -- 11 points, 5 aces, 4 digs, 2 kills.

Haley Tatlock -- 8 points, 1 ace, 3 digs.

Shakamak junior varsity stats

Brooklyn Dowell -- 2-2 serving, 1 assist.

Erica Gilvert -- 5-6 serving, 4 points, 1 dig.

Rebecca Morgan -- 1 dig.

Southwestern Indiana

Athletic Conference

Volleyball Champions

1990 -- White River Valley

1991 -- White River Valley

1994 -- Bloomfield

1997 -- Union

1998 -- Bloomfield

1999 -- Bloomfield

2000 -- Bloomfield

2001 -- Bloomfield

2002 -- Union

2003 -- Linton-Stockton

2004 -- Linton-Stockton

2005 -- Union

2006 -- Linton-Stockton

2007 -- Linton-Stockton, Shakamak

2008 -- Linton-Stockton

2009 -- Eastern Greene

2010 -- Eastern Greene

2011 -- Eastern Greene

2012 -- Eastern Greene

Eastern Greene has won 31 consecutive SWIAC matches between 2009-2012 as they won four straight conference titles.

Bloomfield won 31 consecutive SWIAC matches between 1997-2002, including 28 in a row as they were conference champs in 1998-2001.

Drew Gilbertson -- 5-5 serving, 3 points.

Loryn Crane -- 3-4 serving, 2 points, 2 aces, 2 digs.

Cassie Wasnidge -- 2-3 serving, 1 point, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig.

Frederica Arena -- 2-2 serving, 1 dig.

Tyler Hook -- 2-2 serving, 1 point, 1 ace.

Kiera Samm -- 2 kills.

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