Grapeland Falls to Cayuga 25-19, 25-18 and 25-18

By Will Johnson              
Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandiettes are in a dogfight for a playoff spot in District 21-2A as the regular season begins to wind down.

On Friday, Oct. 5, the Sandiettes welcomed the Cayuga Lady Wildcats to town for a district match-up. While things didn’t go quite the way they hoped and the score may indicate otherwise, Grapeland was able to hang with the #13 Lady Wildcats. Unfortunately, the Sandiettes fell in three by a score of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-18.

The Sandiettes fell behind early in Game One and were never able to get untracked. With the score 7-14, Grapeland was able to cut the lead to five on two occasions at 15-20 and 19-24, before they eventually lost by a final score of 19-25.

Grapeland began to show some tenacity in Game Two as they kept pace with the Lady Cats in the early part of the game. The Sandiettes were within three points at 5-8 but unfortunately the Lady Wildcats went on an 8-3 run to push the score to 8-16.

The lead was too much to overcome for the Sandiettes and they fell in Game Two by a final score of 19-25.

Down 2-0, the Sandiettes dug deep in Game Three and showed a lot of potential going forward. Grapeland seized control early in the game as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead and pushed it to 10-4.

The Lady Wildcats showed why they were ranked in the Top 20 as they came roaring back to tie the game at 12. The Sandiettes fought back to recapture the lead at 17-15 but that was when the wheels came off the bus.

Cayuga used a 5-0 run to take the lead for good and then pulled away to win the game by a final of 18-25 and the match by a score of 3-0.

The Sandiettes were back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 9 against the Oakwood Lady Panthers, but as of press time, the score was unavailable.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.