From Staff Reports
Christian Heritage School assistant volleyball coach Lisa Donahue believed her team could compete this year against bigger, more established programs in northwest Georgia.
But the Lady Lions have done one better — they’re beating them.
Christian Heritage topped visiting Dalton 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 on Thursday, the second time the Class A school has defeated the Class 4A program this season and the fifth win against a nearby higher-classification team.
It’s the second year of competition in the Georgia High School Association for the Lady Lions, a former member of the Georgia Independent School Association, and the first year as community coach at Christian Heritage for Donahue, who formerly held that title at Dalton.
Jessica Seehorn had 18 assists and three kills for the Lady Lions (8-2), while Savannah Roberson chipped in eight kills, plus seven aces, Brenna Mugge tallied eight digs and three aces, and Molly Porter finished with five aces and three kills.
“We played well and then had a lull where we weren’t moving,” Donahue said, noting that in the second and third sets Christian Heritage trailed early. “It felt good to get a win against a bigger school and a program like Dalton.”
The Lady Lions have also beaten Heritage-Catoosa, Murray County and North Murray this year. But for Donahue, it’s all about setting up league play.
“In the beginning of the season, I thought we could compete with the bigger schools,” Donahue said. “If we could, and even win, it helps us more going into our (Area 4-A) play.
“All the programs around here in northwest Georgia have come around in the last eight years or so.”
For Dalton (2-10), Macie Noles and Ashleigh Peters each had 11 digs, while Peters also added four kills. Katie Wilson had 27 assists and Lyndsey Parker added 12. Alejandra had 10 kills, while Hannah Cox added four.
Lady Catamounts coach Joey Wills wasn’t discouraged by the result.
“We’re playing better as a team and coming together,” he said.
• Southeast Whitfield beat Ridgeland 25-17, 25-18 before losing 25-21, 25-22 to host Gordon Lee.
The Lady Raiders (7-5) were aided by Wendy Perez’s 18 kills and five blocks, Angie Purkey’s 35 assists, Yasmeen Paloblanco’s 18 digs, Melisa Fraire’s 12 digs, Yolanda Melgarejo’s 10 kills and Serena Ramsey’s nine kills.
• Murray County beat Chattooga 25-21, 16-25, 25-20 and lost 25-15, 25-16 to Calhoun in a tri-match at home.
Kathryn Hill had six kills for the Lady Indians (3-15, 3-1 Area 5-2A). Chassidy Dixon and Alex Johnson each had five kills, while Johnson also tallied 30 assists. Heidy Cabral added 17 assists, Tiffany Markey finished with nine digs and Kathryn Hill had six digs and eight aces.
• North Murray did not report its results from a scheduled home tri-match against Heritage and Rome by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• North Murray 5, Cartersville 4: The Lady Mountaineers (4-8, 3-3 Region 5-3A) must like playing softball during the school year a lot more than during summer vacation.
With the game tied 4-4, Megan Pittman led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single, then moved to second on a passed ball. Samantha Stafford’s bunt down the third-base line resulted in an out at first, but Pittman was running on the pitch and scored from second to win the game.
This was the first week of school for Murray County schools, and North Murray won all three of its games after winning just once previously.
“It’s starting to come together and we’re starting to believe,” Lady Mountaineers coach Steve Granger said.
Pittman also had a two-run home run, while Baylee Sutton had a solo homer along with a double and was the winning pitcher. She worked the final three innings, allowing two runs off two hits and two walks.
Kara Deal started and pitched the first four innings, allowing four hits and five walks while striking out four.
• Murray County 15, Coosa 0: Whitney Gribble pitched a no-hitter, allowing two walks and striking out three, and the Lady Indians (10-4, 4-1 Region 7-2A) — who tallied 15 hits — won at home via mercy rule in three innings.
Murray County tallied 15 hits and was led at the plate by Lindsey Dunn, who finished 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBIs. Shea Pendley finished 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, Gribble went 2-for-2 with one RBI and Cassidy Callahan went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
“They finally all hit together,” Lady Indians coach Sandra Johnston said. “I always said if they started hitting together, they’d be OK.”
• Northwest Whitfield 8, Ridgeland 0: BriLeigh Baggett pitched all seven innings for the Lady Bruins (11-0, 4-0 Sub-region 7B-4A), striking out nine and allowing two hits and two walks in the road win.
“It didn’t seem like we were hitting that great early,” Northwest coach Jason Brooker said. “We only had two runs until the fifth.”
Macy Weeks finished 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double, while Bayli Cruse went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double, Gabbi Helton finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, Alyssa Ward went 2-for-3 with two steals and Mallory Souther was 2-for-4.
• LaFayette 6, Southeast 3: Madison Pearson finished 2-for-4 for the Lady Raiders (4-9, 1-3 Sub-region 7B-4A), while Sydney Covington had an RBI and Alexis Defore went 2-for-3 in the loss at home.
• Gordon Lee 8, Christian Heritage 0: Ashlyn Clements had the lone hit for the Lady Lions (5-11, 0-4 Sub-region 6A-A), but Christian Heritage coach Mike Leonard said despite the score, his team played well.
• Heritage-Catoosa 10, Dalton 0: The Lady Cats (2-9, 0-4 Sub-region 7B-4A), had two hits in the game, loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning but couldn’t produce.
Dalton only made three errors, and coach Stacy Parker said the defensive play was an improvement from recent games.
“I told our team we will need to take baby steps, and we took one tonight,” Parker said.
• Southeast 43, Gordon Central 0: Will Swantic had two touchdown passes, plus a 10-yard scoring run to lead the Raiders in their season opener.
Tanner Costa added 10-yard and 5-yard touchdown runs, Ramiro Guerrero had a 22-yard scoring run, Jonathan Gowan had a 42-yard touchdown catch and Pablo Rodriguez had a 25-yard touchdown reception.
On defense, Britt Hasty had a fumble recovery and interception.
• Coahulla Creek 17, Murray County 12: Drew Morgan, the Indians’ sophomore quarterback, had two touchdown runs in both teams’ first game of the season.
Hunter Sosebee, a freshman, shined for Murray County’s defense. He had a blocked field goal, forced fumble and recovered fumble.
• North Murray was scheduled to compete in the Adairsville Invitational, but did not report results by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.