By JON WALK
WICHITA FALLS (November 7, 2017) — Just five days earlier, many of the same Lady Knights of Notre Dame Catholic School were right here, battling for a spot – on the same floor – in this weekend’s volleyball Final Four of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).
But a five-set regional round loss to Wichita Christian brought another group of young ladies together to in time to get in three practices for head coach Steve Smith before its season-opener this evening against Henrietta Midway.
And much like football teams at the start of a new season, defense prevailed Tuesday night.
Leading the entire way until Midway tied the score at 17-all more than six minutes into the third quarter, Notre Dame Catholic used two six-point scoring spurts in the fourth quarter to finally put away Midway, 32-27.
The Lady Knights got out to a quick 8-2 first quarter lead on a pair of buckets from junior Ellen Parkey, but Midway close to within one as Overstreet scored two baskets of her own while the Lady Falcons took advantage of Notre Dame being unable to connect on three of its four free throws.
Down by one (9-8) after a quarter of play, Notre Dame went on a quick 8-0 run that was keyed by three baskets by Kamryn Macha, including a pair of assists from Reagan Macha.
Again Midway benefitted from the Lady Knights’ inability to continue to score inside the paint.
K. Wiggins knocked down a couple of jumpers and Bailey Ervin went coast-to-coast in the Lady Falcons’ own 6-0 run to bring Midway within three at the half, 17-14.
Defense reigned in the third quarter and Midway won the battle in the paint.
Overstreet muscled her way to a couple of baskets against Kamryn Macha, the senior post, to tie the score at 17-all with 1:35 to play.
But Notre Dame’s pressure on the Midway backcourt began to pay dividends.
Reagan Macha broke the tie with 1:02 with a ten-foot jumper to take the lead for good at 19-17 before #4 fed #13 for an easy layup to take a four-point lead, 21-17, into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Knights pushed the lead to as many as eight, 27-19, as a result of three quick baskets by Reagan Macha – two coming on assists from Parkey and junior guard Elizabeth Twamley – the latter off a steal.
Midway answered with a pair of free throws from Overstreet before feeding Laude coming open in the middle of the paint off a well-set screen to bring the Lady Falcons within four, 27-23, with 4:09 to play.
However, Notre Dame used three free throws and a basket off a quick inbound pass by Kamryn Macha to put the contest out of reach, 32-23, with 1:36 to play.
The Lady Knights (1-0), seventh in TABC’s initial TAPPS 1A/Other state rankings, return to action Thursday night, November 9, with a 6 p.m. contest at Woodson.
MIDWAY – Bailey Ervin 2 0-2 4, Wiggins 0 0-0 0, Brylea Ervin 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Talley 0 0-0 0, Overstreet 4 3-4 11, Laude 1 0-0 2, K. Wiggins 4 0-0 11, Norton 0 1-2 1, Davis 0 0-0 0. TOTALS – 11 4-8 27.
NOTRE DAME – Luig 0 0-2 0, Abernathy 0 0-0 0, Macha, R. 5 1-2 11, Twamley 2 0-0 4, Palomo 1 0-0 2, Parkey 2 2-6 6, Macha, K. 4 1-2 9, Harper 0 0-0 0, Wicker 0 0-0 0. TOTALS – 14 4-12 32.
MIDWAY – 8 6 3 10 – 27
NOTRE DAME – 9 8 4 11 – 32
Three-point Field Goals – MIDWAY 1 (K. Wiggins).