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May 16, 2013

GIRLS' TENNIS SECTIONALS: Dragons down unbeaten Borden to advance to Creek final

Bulldogs keep sectional-title streak alive

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The Silver Creek girls’ tennis team ended Borden’s undefeated season on Thursday, winning its semifinal match of the Silver Creek Sectional 3-2.

With the score tied at two, the match came down to the No. 2 doubles match between the Dragons’ Kelsi Scott and Kaitlyn Hawkins and the Braves’ Bailee Kruer and McKenzie Owens.

After the Silver Creek tandem cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set, Scott and Hawkins held off Kruer and Owens in the second set by winning the tiebreaker, 7-4.

Dragons’ coach Robert Briscoe said Scott and Hawkins handled the pressure well because of beating several difficult opponents this season.

“It was 2-2 and two doubles was the last match playing in front of the whole crowd,” Briscoe said. “[Scott and Hawkins] handled themselves well and pulled out the tiebreaker.”

Also winning for Silver Creek were Kat Hebble at No. 1 singles and Rebekah Knittle and Jennifer Block at one doubles.

At No. 2 singles, Borden’s Sarah Hurst beat Grace Clayton, 6-1, 6-3. The Braves’ Kendyl Wheatly prevailed at three singles, 6-0, 6-0.

The Dragons play Charlestown in today’s sectional championship. The Pirates edged Henryville in Thursday’s second semi, 3-2.

At No. 1 doubles, Charlestown’s Bailey Masingo and Hayley Trinkle downed Sarah Johnson and Alicia Lindley, 6-2, 7-6(7-5). The Pirates got their other two points from No. 2 singles player Sarah Embry and No. 3 singles player Megan Crawford.

For Henryville, Jordan Jeffers won at No. 1 singles and Marisa Thomasson and Kendra Turner prevailed in three sets at two doubles.

“We are glad to come away with the 3-2 win,” Charlestown coach Chris Ryan said.

NEXT: Silver Creek (13-6) vs. Charlestown, Silver Creek Sectional championship, 4:30 p.m., today.

NEW ALBANY SECTIONAL

• Bulldogs capture 16th straight title:
New Albany extended its sectional-championship win streak to 16 on Thursday by defeating Christian Academy in the final, 5-0.

Winning in singles action for the Bulldogs were twin sisters Erin and Marin Kanii and Rachel Johnson.

At No. 1 doubles, New Albany’s Lauren and Emily Hoffer recovered from a three-set victory in Wednesday’s semifinal against Lanesville by ousting the Warriors’ Emily Mitchell and Brittany Moffett, 6-1, 6-0.

At two doubles, the Bulldogs’ Anne Mattox and Racquel Burch rebounded from a one-set deficit to defeat Kacie Arrell and Callie Allison, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“Two doubles, I was pleased with the way they responded,” New Albany coach Bob Dusch said. “It was the best our No. 1 doubles team has played in a long time. We were very lethargic [Wednesday] at No. 1 doubles.”

Dusch thinks his team is starting to get into a rhythm after dealing with weather issues most of the season.

“It seems like we’re finally starting to get into a routine,” Dusch said. “I think it’s paying off.”

NEXT: New Albany (14-5) vs. Jeffersonville or Clarksville, Silver Creek Regional semifinal, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday.

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