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Comeback falls short. Amarillo Highland Park tops Borger in five games

September 14, 2011

Maggie McMurry #8 gets in position to make a play on the ball for the Borger Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night. PHOTO BY DON RICE

On Tuesday evening, the Borger Lady Bulldogs rallied from a two games to none deficit, to the Amarillo Highland Park Lady Hornets, winning two straight games and forcing a deciding game five.
Unfortunately, a fantastic comeback fell short for Borger as Highland Park used a 5-1 run in game five to give them the cushion they needed for the win to take the match 17-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-6, 9-15.
Prior to Tuesday evening, the two teams had split their other matches this season with Highland Park getting the win in the Sanford-Fritch Tournament, while Borger got the win in straight sets in Amarillo three days later.
Game one featured the teams staying within two points of each other up to a 16-16 score. But a hot server for Highland Park opened the first game wide open by nailing four aces during a 7-0 run to help the Lady Hornets to a game one win.
In game two, the Lady Bulldogs had a couple of opportunities to build a lead and tie the match. However, a couple of unforced errors gave Highland Park the breaks they needed to pull out the win and put Borger in the 0-2 hole.
Fortunately, the Lady Bulldogs did a good job fighting back by opening game three with an 7-1 run that included two aces by sophomore Nellie Embers.
During game three, the Lady Bulldogs started to get into a good rhythm as senior setter Kristen Mills set up Raygen Eakins, Emma Wood and Embers for kills at the net. Kaylee Purcell also had a strong game three by coming up with three blocks helping the Lady Bulldogs get the 25-16 win.
Game four completely belonged to the Lady Bulldogs as the team played great all over the court to get the easy win, 25-6.
At this point, Borger appeared to have all the momentum they needed to come out and claim game five and get the great comeback win.
However, the Lady Hornets regrouped to make several good plays at the net to build the cushion they needed to come away with the win in Borger.
The Lady Bulldogs will next take the court on Saturday morning when they host a triangular with West Texas High and Arbor Academy. Borger and Arbor will play at 10:00 a.m., West Texas and Arbor will play at 11:00 a.m., Borger and West Texas High will play at noon.
The Borger and West Texas High JV and freshmen teams will also square off on Saturday with the JV playing at 10:00 a.m. and the freshmen at 11:00 a.m.
Borger JV defeated Highland Park two games to none.
Borger stat leaders: Kills-Raygen Eakins 7 Nellie Embers 5, Bethany Harris 4; Blocks- Kaylee Purcell 4 Emma Wood 3; Assists-Kristen Mills 16 Eakins 4; Aces-Eakins 3 Embers 2 Maggie McMurry 2; Digs-Harris 6 Eakins 6 M.McMurry 6 Nicole McMurry 5 Mills 5.

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