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Fillies win silver championship in Glacier Classic for Faulkner’s 300th win

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Lose Tuesday night match to Lexington Christian

By Mike Aldridge

Lewis County and Grant County played for the first place trophy in the Glacier Classic held in Brooksville over the weekend with the Lady Braves taking home the prize.  
Both of these teams were in the same pool play as the Fillies, which left Harrison County with a 1-2 record after pool play was over.  
The Harrison County team was not deterred, however, as they came back to take their last two matches to win the silver championship.  
This win makes Coach Bill Faulkner’s overall record 300 wins against 149 losses.  
Grant County defeated the Fillies in a hard-fought match 23-25 and 18-25 to open pool play.  
The Fillies then dropped another match to Lewis County, 20-25 and 9-25.  
The final match of pool play saw the Fillies get into the win column defeating Augusta 25-11 and 25-20.  
In the round play, Harrison County again defeated Augusta, this time 25-7 and 25-11, before winning a three set match from Robertson County 22-25, 25-14, and 25-10.  
Leading performers for the Fillies during the five-match tournament were eighth grader Emma Goodin with 75 assists, Haley Evans with 21 kills, Sydney Motell with 20 kills and Casey Wallace with 37 digs.
Tuesday night on the Hilltop, the Fillies were over matched by the Lady Eagles of Lexington Christian.   
Each of the three sets saw the Fillies battle close for the early part of the match only to succumb to the powerful front line of the Lady Eagles.  
In the second set, the Fillies front line players, Whitney Whitaker, Amber Darnell and Motell, made things interesting by mid match the Lexington Christian depth and experience took over the scoring.  
In the second match, the Fillies were down only 9-11 at one point but went on to lose 12-25.  
Evans’ serves pulled the Fillies close at 10-14 in the first set but the power hitting front line of senior Elle Goodnight and juniors Lauren Elder, Jordan Woeste and Meredith Ford were just too dominant for the young Fillies.
The third set was similar to the first as Sara Beth Sowder had a good serving streak and the Fillies battled to 8-12 before losing 13-25.  
Meredith Ford for the Lady Eagles proved to be the one player that the Fillies just did not have an answer for on Tuesday night.
“We were a little over matched with their size and experience tonight,” said Coach Bill Faulkner. “I thought that we played hard most of the night and made some nice plays. This will be a good learning experience for us.”
The loss leaves the Fillies with a 5-3 season record while Lexington Christian is 4-0.
The Fillies junior varsity also lost in straight sets 15-21 and 12-21.
The next match for Harrison County is Thursday when they travel north to face Villa Madonna, who is 2-2 on the season.