VANCEBURG — First it was Lewis County making the runs, then it was Fleming County’s turn.
The last one went to the Lady Panthers and so did the match as they topped the Lady Lions 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-13) as they ended the match on a 7-0 run to take the wild affair.
An 18-12 first set lead was quickly erased by the Lady Lions in the first set, closing out with the final 13 points in the set to build a 1-0 lead.
They used the momentum to take a 10-6 lead in the second set after a Kacee Buckner ace. They’d continue to stay ahead until Fleming County tied it at 12-12, 15-15 and 16-16, but were never able to capture the lead in the set as an error put them in a 2-0 hole, the Lady Lions taking it 25-20.
Lewis County, on their senior night seemed to have all the momentum for a senior laden team, recognizing eight of them before the game.
Fleming County came to ruin the party on Thursday night though. After the Lady Lions scored the first three points of the third set, Fleming County recovered to take a 6-5 lead and never looked back in the set. They’d take leads of 14-9, 19-14 and 24-18 to look in full control. The Lady Lions made it interesting scoring the next five points, but an AnaLiese Mitchell kill ended the Lady Lions rally, pulling them within a set by taking it 25-23.
The Lady Panthers came out in a fury in the fourth, building a 7-1 edge. Lewis County had to play catch up from there, but were unable to threaten the Lady Panthers in the fourth as Fleming racked up 12 kills in the set, to take it 25-18 and even the match at two sets apiece.
Then it was the Lady Lions turn to grab the momentum, building leads of 5-1 and 10-4 in the fifth and deciding set. A Shelby Litzler kill was followed by a Haylee Ginn kill to make it 12-7 Lady Lions. An error followed for Fleming and things looked dire, down 13-7.
But one last burst sent them through, scoring the final eight points as a service error followed by three straight errors aided the effort. Then Macie Hughes added an ace, Mitchell and Katie Burke collected kills and Mitchell put the exclamation point on the match with her 10th kill of the match.
The win gives the Lady Panthers their second straight as they improved to 9-17 on the year. They’ll head to the Harrison County Fillie Fall Fling for a tournament over the weekend.
Lewis County dropped to 5-15 with the loss as the game is believed to be their regular season finale and district play beginning the week of October 8.