Madisonville (33-5) went on to beat Fort Campbell 25-18, 25-17 to win their second consecutive region title. The Lady Maroons have now won 28 straight games against Second Region opponents dating back to a loss to Fort Campbell last year.
“They are that strong of a team. They pass well and move to the ball well. They are a very experienced team, and it showed,” Lady Wildcat head coach Rick Erickson said of the Lady Maroons.
But Trigg County held their ground in the first game of the match. Playing on their home floor, the Lady Wildcats kept the contest close throughout, even building an 8-5 lead at one point.
The game was tied 12 times and featured six led changes. The last tie was at 16-all after a block at the net by Kalesha Williams.
But Madisonville forced a sideout, and Ridley, a lanky redhead who is the region’s most dominant net player, served four straight points to give Madisonville a 21-16 lead.
Trigg got as close as 21-18, but the Lady Maroons put the game away.
“We had a great game plan. We threw a triple block and double blocks at them to keep them off balance at the net,” Erickson said. “We also ran a double block with Cayla (Hampton) in the middle.”
In the second game, there was just one tie at 1-1. Madisonville built an 8-3 lead and never looked back. Trigg cut the lead to 9-6 but the Lady Maroons scored 11 of the next 12 points to put the game away.
“I think we were just mentally exhausted after playing such a great first game,” Erickson noted. “They were really focused in the first game, and it was hard to keep that in the second one.”
Cayla Hampton had five kills and an ace for the Lady Wildcats, while Kalesha Williams had three kills and four blocks.
Casey Banister added seven assists, and Molly Thompson and Stacy Schoneman each had a block and a kill.
Two Lady Wildcats – Cayla Hampton and Kalesha Williams – were named to the All-Region Tournament Team. Other members were
Trigg County’s season ends at 18-16, with just about every positive school record broken in the process.
“We set two goals coming into this year – a winning record and to win the district. Anything else was icing on the cake,” Erickson said.