Rossville — There’s nothing like the threat of an extra practice to motivate a team of high school student-athletes.
Trailing Rossville 20-16 in the third game of Thursday’s match, Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson called a timeout after three straight Hornet points from standout Brinsley Cooper.
An upset Lawson informed her team there would be a previously unscheduled practice on Saturday if they didn’t shape up and win the match.
The ploy worked like a charm.
The Stars scored nine consecutive points to win the third game, 25-20, and the match, 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-20).
“Girls love their sleep,” Lawson said. “(Against) Zionsville, we were really weak in the third game. We come out and think we’re going to win because we won the (first) two and just kind of roll past it.”
The Stars (8-1) were backed in those final nine points by Emily Harrison and Claire Fuller, who had four and two kills, respectively, in that stretch.
Rossville also caught an unfortunate break when sophomore outside hitter Mattie McGill fell ill and had to leave the match at 20-16.
“That kind of confused the girls a little bit,” said Rossville head coach Jenny Knapp. “It’s always been a mental game and that definitely showed the last nine points.”
WeBo’s defense had contained Cooper the first two games, but the third game was a different story.
She started it off with two kills and three aces to give the Hornets a 7-2 lead.
For more of this story, read Friday’s Lebanon Reporter.