IHS wins in packed house
The Isabella volleyball team won Wednesday despite a Jemison home court advantage that was more imposing than usual.
The Mustangs (4-1) topped the Panthers (3-5) in a game that started shortly after lunch and was played in an Alton Cobb Gymnasium packed with Jemison elementary middle and high school students.
The visitors won, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19.
Isabella took an 8-3 lead in Game 1 and held onto it until an ace by Jemison’s Desi Dalton made the score 18-17 Jemison.
The hosts extended the lead to 23-19, but Isabella came back and won.
Jemison scored the first five points of Game 2 with Denten Ellison serving, but the lead wouldn’t last.
The Panthers fought from behind, though, in Game 3. They took a 19-18 lead and were tied at 22, and two consecutive aces by Savannah Barefield closed it out.
But the Mustangs were too strong in the fourth game, taking a 5-0 lead with Misha Carroll serving and never looking back.
Carroll recorded five aces and four kills in the match. Landy Griffin had five aces to go along with six kills.
Savannah Lenoir had a team-high eight kills to go along with four aces.
Amber Flannigan added four aces and three kills.