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LADY 'CATS HOST SECTIONAL THURSDAY

GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central won two clutch matches Tuesday night to clinch the Region 5AAA tournament championship and with it -- a home berth Thursday in the TSSAA Sectionals.

Coach Tammy Serbin’s squad opened play Tuesday with a 3-0 semifinal win over Clarksville Northeast (25-13, 25-13 and 25-23) before disposing of rugged Dickson County 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-18 and 27-25) in the finals.

Central advances to Thursday’s 7 p.m. sectional game 47-9 on the season and will take on Independence High with a berth to the state tournament at stake.

"I was not happy at all with our play," Serbin said after her team ousted Northeast. "We didn’t play our tempo of the game and Northeast did a good job of keeping us out of that tempo. We’re used to a much faster paced game."

Most of Wilson Central’s damage was being handled by a core of four girls. Amanda Wiseman, Kristin Cook, Sydney Vanlandingham and Grace Locke had the majority of kills and aces for the Lady Wildcats in all three sets.

But it was District 9 MVP Chelsea Ferron who pushed Wilson Central past Northeast with her ace in the final point of the first set.

"Our two big girls (Sydney and Kristin) are hard to handle when they’re on and we were passing the ball well and Kristin really took advantage of her aces," Serbin said. "That was one of the few things we were doing well."

The second set was all Wilson Central. Wiseman’s ace gave the Lady Wildcats an early 6-0 lead before Northeast earned its first point off a Lady Wildcat error. The Lady Eagles didn’t get its first kill shot of the set until Alexis Poythress’s shot cut Central’s lead to 11-5.

Northeast got to within 17-9 before the Lady Wildcats finished off the set with a 25-13 victory.

The third set saw Northeast come alive as Mykesha Lakes and Poythress found holes in Central’s defense.

The Lady Eagles held a 5-2 lead early as Gloria Billingsley pumped in a pair of aces. After Central cut the score to 8-7, Lakes and Poythress had scored back-to-back points to push the advantage to 10-7 and forcing a Wilson Central timeout.

The Lady Wildcats responded and tied the game twice (at 14 and 15) before Northeast held a 20-16 lead late.

It looked as though the Lady Eagles would force a fourth set, but Wilson Central rallied to tie it at 23 before Kendall Roberts’ ace gave the Lady Wildcats a 24-23 lead. Ferron finished off the match with a kill that Northeast couldn’t return.

Ferron had 33 assists, three kills and two aces against Dickson County in the finals.

Wiseman had 10 kills and 10 digs while Cook finished with nine kills and three blocks.

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