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Lady Lions bow out of state at Marshfield


Team makes state playoffs with win over Hermiston

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Gabby Susee goes high for kill during last Tuesday's play-in game with Hermiston. The Lady Lions won that match, but lost in the first round of the state playoffs.The St. Helens Lady Lions made the state tournament with a win over Hermiston on Tuesday, but were eliminated from the playoffs at Marshfield on Saturday.

St. Helens lost the first game to Hermiston, 18-25, but rallied for a 25-20 win in a hard-fought second game. They won the next two to advance, 25-15, 25-22.

The Lady Lions played well, but couldn’t overcome Marshfield. They fell 25-13 in the first game, but came back to win a close second game, 26-24. Marshfield won the last two, 25-12, 25-18.

The Lady Lions were 98 percent serving in the match (65 of 66). They had 28 attack kills, seven block kills and were 72 percent passing.

Individually Kylie Reinholdt record nine attack kills and was 12 of 13 serving. Haley Mann was 16 for 16 serving with three aces. Kali Moore was 88 percent passing, and 10 for 10 serving. Jillian Ross had 87 percent passing and nine for nine serving.

“This team is really going to be missed by all the coaches,” St. Helens coach Tom Ray said. “They did everything that we asked them to do throughout the season. They built a memory that will not be forgotten. We played hard all the way to the end.”

St. Helens finished the year with a 16-6 record.

“It was a great season. Life’s greatest temptation is to settle for less—this team did not,” Ray concluded.

The Lady Lions had two players named to the Northwest Oregon Conference All-League first team, two to the second team, and six honorable mentions. Tom Ray was NWOC Coach of the Year.

First team selections included: Jillian Ross, sr., setter; Gabby Susee, jr., middle blocker. Second Team: Taylor Albertson, soph., middle blocker; Brooke Cathers, sr., hitter. Honorable Mention: Kali Moore, jr., all-around; Ocean Jabonek, sr., hitter; Kylie Reinholdt, jr., setter; Madison Kaplan, jr., DS; Haley Mann, sr., DS.