By Kristan Krogman
The White River Lady Tigers hosted Chamberlain on Parent’s Night, Tuesday, October 22. It was the final home game for seniors Dusti Good Shield, Casey Fairbanks, and manager Georgie Larvie.
The Lady Tigers fell behind early in set one and trailed 10-20 at one point. Mariah Marshall scored two straight kills that started a Tiger rally. Three consecutive aces by Good Shield later brought the home team to within 1, 22-23, but Chamberlain held on 25-23.
Set two favored White River. A Julia LeBoeuf ace put the Tigers up 10-5 and a string of four winners by Lizzie Cameron extended the Tiger lead to 17-8. Courtney Charging Hawk scored two aces late in the contest and a Rachel Astleford kill put a nice finish on set two (25-12)after five straight winners by the Tigers.
Set three was all Chamberlain in the early minutes though an exciting play with hustling defense by the Tigers sparked the momentum for White River at 17-18. They went on to the set three win, 25-23.
The two teams traded the lead through the first half of set four. An injury sidelined Good Shield for a time early in that set but the Tigers banded together as a team to help fill the void. Rachel Astleford posted a kill to tie the game at 14 and Good Shield, having returned, scored on a block at 15-14. Chamberlain tied the game at 17 but never regained the lead, and a Mariah Marshall kill sealed the Tiger victory at 25-21.
Dusti Good Shield had 5 ace serves and 9 kills on the night. Mariah Marshall added 6 kills. Julia LeBoeuf had 15 assists. Courtney Charging Hawk played well defensively with 9 digs.
Coach Shelbi Pool was happy with the team effort and feels the team is in a good place as districts near. “It is good to see the girls playing well together as we head into post season play. We have had a few other girls (Edda Castaway and Emma Twite) step up and see some playing time also. We’ve won 5 of our last 7 games and are looking forward to getting a few wins this weekend at the rescheduled LNI tournament.”
The Lady Tigers took 4th at LNI with three wins in pool play, a loss to Pine Ridge in the semi-finals and a loss to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the 3rd place game.