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Lady Indians battle back to beat Bearcats

  • Johnston City coach Ashleigh Reeves gives a high five to Alexis Turner with Reilly Baker (14) and libero Gia Ordonez nearby Wednesday night.

    Johnston City coach Ashleigh Reeves gives a high five to Alexis Turner with Reilly Baker (14) and libero Gia Ordonez nearby Wednesday night.
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Posted on 9/6/2018, 4:41 AM

JOHNSTON CITY -- Facing a six-point deficit in the third game, Johnston City scored 12 straight points to take control and finished off an 18-25, 25-17, 25-19 win over Christopher on Wednesday night.

Christopher was leading 18-12 and appeared on the way to victory in the third game. But after a sideout, Johnston City libero Gia Ordonez went to the service line and served 11 straight points, including a filthy perfect lob ace just before the Lady Indians went in front.

"She wanted to get in there so she could serve," said Johnston City coach Ashleigh Reeves. "She was ready. She knew she could do it. Confidence was key there."

Reilly Baker also had a big block kill in the 12-0 run, but mostly it was Christopher errors as Ordonez kept dropping perfectly-placed bombs.

"She's one of our seniors and she's always smiling and picking people up," Reeves said. "That in itself makes a big difference."

Johnston City improved to 6-3 with the win. In nearly every one of their matches, the Lady Indians have lost the first game. That was the case again Wednesday.

"I told them we're the comeback team because we never start off well," Reeves said. "So far anyway. But I feel like we take what we learn from the first game and apply it to the second and hopefully third."

The Lady Indians controlled the second game after jumping out to a 12-6 lead. Lauren Friess put down a stuff block and a big kill, with kills also coming from Baker and Alexis Turner before Makayla Loftus sent down a tip kill for the game winner.

Johnston City led the third game 7-1 but Christopher went on a 10-0 run that would've been more notable if not for the Lady Indians going on an even longer run moments later.

Ordonez finished with 18 digs and six aces while going 17 of 17 from the service line and Friess had five kills and six blocks.

Turner swatted 12 kills and Baker had eight blocks and six kills. Briley Watts added five kills, 21 digs and went 14 of 14 serving with three aces, while Loftus put up 17 assists.

"These girls try really hard," Reeves said. "We might not do everything perfect but they're going to try on every play."