By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
After a back-and-forth, hard-fought battle, the Lady Indians had two match points Thursday against West Jessamine in Richmond.
However, they couldn’t finish.
The Lady Colts (20-2) scored the final four points of the match and picked up a 3-2 win (15-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 16-14).
“They battled. The momentum shifted from us, back to them and back to us. It was great,” Central coach Marita Kinley said. “We just didn’t finish. That’s what we are working on — finishing.”
The final set was just as competitive as the rest of the match.
The score was tied when Central (11-7) ran off four-straight points behind the serving of Demetria Young. Later, Payton Templeton added three kills that put the Lady Indians up 11-7.
West Jessamine battled back, tying the game at 11-11 and 12-12.
Templeton’s final kill gave Central a 13-12 lead.
“You could just see it in her eyes and that’s what I love about Payton,” Kinley said. “You can see the intensity in her.”
A block and a kill helped the Lady Colts fight off two match points, then they won the next two points to wrap up the victory.
“We didn’t execute at some critical times,” Kinley said. “We had some serve-receive errors and some hitting errors at times when we needed to put the ball in play.”
Central had a chance to end the match in the fourth set.
The Lady Indians trailed 10-4, but rallied to tie the score at 18-18 on a kill by Templeton.
But, Central missed its next two serves and West Jessamine won seven of the final nine points to force a fifth set.
The Lady Indians had defeated Madison Southern on Tuesday, but Kinley wasn’t entirely pleased with her team’s performance in the 3-1 district victory.
Central missed 18 serves in that match.
The Lady Indians were much better at the service line against West Jessamine.
“We played a lot better,” Kinley said. “We didn’t miss as many serves. I think our ball control was better. I think we played more together and played more as a unit.”
Central is set to return to action Tuesday at Franklin County.