Haley Houghteling (center) gets the dig with Chloe Hammond and Ivy Hicks ready to assist. PHOTO COURTESY KARA BLODGETT

Leading the district

Lady Big Horns continue winning streak

Though the Manhattan Christian Eagles currently outrank the Lone Peak High School Lady Big Horns due to the nature of the scoring system, the Lady Big Horns remain undefeated.

That is not their focus, though, Head Coach Missy Botha said.

“Being undefeated is a distraction. It doesn’t come up in conversation, we practice the same way. We play the same way,” she said. “If you are worried about being undefeated, you start playing not to lose instead of playing to win.”

With seven seniors on the team and players that have been playing together since middle school, their teamwork is almost a work of art.

“That chemistry is locked-in. Some of it is second nature,” she said. “The addition of Jessie Bough and Maddie Cone as well as the seniors Ivy Hicks and Chloe Hammond, Ruth Blodgett and Reilly Germain, Grace Redmon, Hannah Dreisbach, and Nadia Benjdid – that has created a well balanced team with incredible defense in the back and serious hitting power in the front.”

Shields Valley produced the team’s first real test. Before Shields took them to five sets, they had only dropped one set due to an injury sustained by Cone.

“Shields played an incredible match, but we rallied down late in the fifth set to take the match,” she said.

The Harrison/Willow Creek match – which they secured in three sets – was dedicated to the memory of their classmate Skye Swenson. Coach Botha said it was a nice evening of the girls paying tribute.

“With the way these girls work hard, with their grit and determination they are poised to go far in the postseason,” she said.

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