Lady Griffins rally by Carencro in bi-district playoff round

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Danielle Lightfoot sends a shot over against Carencro’s Virginia Domingue in the fifth game of the Lady Griffins’ 20-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-12 Division I bi-district playoff victory Thursday evening.

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GEISMAR – Dutchtown was forced to rally but ultimately prevailed for a 20-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-12 Division I bi-district playoff victory over Carenro Thursday night in DTHS’ Auxiliary Gym.

The 15th-seeded Lady Griffins (24-12) advanced to travel to No. 2 Mount Carmel Monday evening in regional action with a berth in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Tournament beginning Thursday at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner on the line.

Dutchtown was led by Haley Burns with 10 kills, nine aces and 16 digs, while Ryan Hamilton added 30 assists and six aces, Justine Tureau provided 22 digs, Jodi Hill had seven kills and Danielle Lightfoot finished with four blocks.

“We were very inconsistent today but I was real proud of the way we fought,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Ricks said. “I never felt like things were in hand. Things just fell our way in the end. It could have been anybody’s match. I think the crowd played a part. The girls played hard and we finished in the end.”

Dutchtown never trailed in the decisive game following a 5-0 lead which included Burn’s dink and kill. Leighann Kidder’s ace cut tot 5-2 before Burns’ ace.

Tureau’s ace gave Dutchtown a 10-5 lead after Brooke Bahlinger’s kill but Carencro scored four straight points to cut it to 11-9 on Candice Wiltz’s kill. Burns’ kill set up match point on Lightfoot’s ace.

“It is disappointing,” Carencro head coach Bea Lemon said. “I think both teams fought hard but I think we could have fought a little harder. We missed serves we shouldn’t have missed and the defensive coverage wasn’t there on a lot of plays. To lose after traveling this far is unfortunate.”

Wiltz’s kill cut it to 8-5 in the fourth game before Hamilton’s aced made it 12-9 after Lightfoot and Hill’s kills.

Consecutive aces from Burns built a 15-9 lead before Sydney Loupe blocked Wiltz to make it 18-11 after Tureau’s ace.

Kiera Charles’ kill cut it to 22-15 after Burn’s kill and Katherine Trahan’s ace but Kidder’s service error was game point following her ace.