Lady Jacks in hunt for playoffs


The Diboll Lady Jacks do like to keep things interesting.
They notched their second district win Friday at Center, but took five games to do it. They then had the chance to pull into second place in district on Tuesday, but fell at home to Huntington in four games.
Diboll lost Game 1 to Center 22-25, but then came back to take Games 2 and 3, 25-21, 25-14. Center went on a nine-point run in Game 4 and took a 25-18 win to force Game 5.
The Lady Jacks jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back, taking the pivotal game 15-7.
Kameri Mott served three of her seven aces on the run; Lexxus Hamilton notched a kill and Kyla Cunningham had a block for a point.
In addition to her aces, Mott recorded three kills and eight digs. Hamilton had eight aces, 12 kills, 11 digs and a block. Shayla Hubbard had five aces, a kill, 15 assists and four digs, while Mia Williams had an ace, 11 kills, 15 digs and two blocks.
“It seems like all year we seem to play to our opponents potential,” said Diboll Coach Ron Holton. “If we play like we are supposed to and take care of business then these matches should be over in three (games).  We are where we need to be right now, we just need to play every game like we know how.”
Unfortunately that didn’t happen against Huntington a few days later.
The Devilettes defeated Diboll 25-17, 25-13, 19-25, 25-8.
Hamilton led the Ladyjacks in kills with 15, but Devilette Erica Wright negated those numbers with a 15-kill performance of her own. For the Ladyjacks, Williams finished with seven kills, and Hubbard tallied 13 assists. Cunningham added three blocks for Diboll.
After losing the first two games, the Ladyjacks rallied to take the third game behind Hamilton’s seven kills and two service aces.
However, Diboll couldn’t keep up the solid play, committing 10 hitting errors in Game 4.
Diboll will host Jasper about 4:30 p.m. Friday.