WOLFHURST-One night after staging a ''horrible'' performance at Union Local, Barnesville got back on track Tuesday night.
Paige Huntsman scored 17 points and dished out 14 assists as the Shamrocks swept Bridgeport 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium.
It wasn't a perfect performance by any means, but Barnesville head coach Nikki McEndree was pleased with how her squad rebounded, especially on the road.
Barnesville’s Miranda Plumly (8) and Bridgeport’s Amber Millard (19) battle at the net during Tuesday’s match inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium.
''We had a much better effort (Tuesday),'' she said. ''We played much better as a team and we moved a lot better.
''I'm proud of their effort.''
With three weeks remaining until the cutoff for the OVAC Tournament (October 5), every match is important, especially for those playing in Class 3A. Along with Barnesville, the class also features perennial powers Magnolia, Buckeye Trail, Tyler Consolidated and Shenandoah.
When the standings were released this week, all five teams were separated by five points.
Sydney Ralston added seven points and 11 kills for the Shamrocks, while Shasta Roberts had seven points. Miranda Plumly contributed nine kills and Layna Broomhall dished out 10 assists.
The first and second sets were mirror images of each other with Barnesville jumping out to big leads, the Bulldogs rallying, and the Shamrocks finishing with a flurry.
Such wasn't the case, however, in the third set, when the Bulldogs (5-5) jumped out to a 3-0 advantage.
The match stayed tight until Barnesville scored four straight points, putting the Rocks up 9-5. The lead ballooned to 11 at 20-9 before Bridgeport rallied.
The Bulldogs scored six straight points and, after a Barnesville tally, three more to make the score 21-18.
With Barnesville leading 22-20, Bridgeport tied the set at 22-22 all, forcing McEndree to call time out.
''I told them we needed to wake up, move their feet and play as a team,'' she said. ''They responded.''
The Shamrocks put three of the final points on the scoreboard to take the match.
''Too little, too late,'' Bulldogs head coach Ron Kelly said. ''Barnesville is very good.''
Bridgeport was able to rally in all three sets, but was unable to put together a complete one.
''Once we started playing well we looked pretty good,'' Kelly said. ''But we need to be more consistent with our play.''
As does Barnesville (8-3), according to McEndree.
''I thought we hit the ball better (Tuesday) and were able to dig the ball better,'' she said. ''All around, the team effort was better.
''At this point in the season, I'm satisfied.''
Cheyenne Flowers had seven points and 11 digs for the Bulldogs, while Maclaine Murad posted six points, six digs and five kills. Hannah Lewis added 14 digs, Alysa Cook had 10 assists and Amber Millard and Mikaya Green had eight and six digs, respectively.
Barnesville also won the jayvee match 25-20, 25-15
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