Braves give powerhouse fight


It was a showdown between Mid-Southern Conference volleyball powerhouses.

Class 3A No. 7 ranked Silver Creek got a tough test when coming to No. 13 Brownstown Central on Thursday night.

The Braves won the third set and started out leading in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as the Dragons won 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21.

In the first set, the Dragons jumped to a 9-3 advantage early.

However, the Braves pulled even at 18-18 after Grace Jaynes recorded two kills and scored on a block with teammate Lainey Darlage.

The game was 20-20 when the Dragons reeled off four straight points and pulled out a 25-21 win.

The second game, Brownstown freshmen Keeli Darlage recorded several kills but her team fell behind 11-19. Sophomore Heidi Booher them got them back to within five, but the Dragon won 25-18.

Brownstown got the lead in the third set and controlled the momentum late.

A score from Darlage made it 21-22 and the Braves forced three straight Dragon errors and scored a 25-23 victory.

The Braves again took an early lead in the fourth set behind kills by Claire Pace and Darlage. However, Silver Creek held on to win 25-21.

“We competed well. Its encouraging to know they are beatable,” said Braves coach Jennifer Shade. “I’d have liked to have seen us win the first game.

“We have some young players. We play a tough schedule. and every game I see us improving.”

Shade is seeing less errors and better play each time out.

“We’ve played some of the best teams in the state and that prepares us for tournament,” Shade said.

Keeli Darlage pounded 41 hits with 13 kills, and Pace had 26 hits behind 10 kills. Jaynes added 21 hits with nine kills.

In serving, the Braves were 80-for-86, with 10 aces.

Richayla Huff made all 23 attempts with four kills and Booher was perfect on all 13 tries with three aces.

The Braves (5-10, 4-1 MSC) play Tuesday at Corydon Central.