WEST ALEXANDRIA – The Franklin Monroe Jets pounced on the 4-0 Twin Valley South Panthers Thursday night in the Cross County Conference lid-lifter for both squads.
The scores tallied by the Cross County Conference Invitational champions were in three straight games, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-19.
Assistant Varsity Coach Carrie Feitshans was elated afterwards.
“To win on the road in front of a rowdy Twin Valley South crowd is a great way to start CCC action,” Feitshans said. “It was definitely a team effort, and I would like to commend Carrie Baker on her serves and Morgan Booher, who had a killer game with 21 kills.”
The first game saw the Jets assaulting the nets with Morgan Booher’s bombs hitting the hardwood and key serving by fellow senior Baker helped FM fly to a 10-0 lead.
Two quick timeouts by the Panthers ceased to stem the tide as TVS never got closer than six points before falling 25-18.
The second game was much more competitive in the beginning as the Panthers were clawing for every point. At a little bit over the half way mark to the magical 25 point goal the score was 14-13 in favor of the senor-dominated Pitsburg squad. The Jets then soared to a different level aided and abetted by starters Kelly Fourman, Makenzie Kreitzer and Emilee Morris. The Jets corralled the Panthers by bumping, digging and setting in unison for a six-point margin at 19-13. TVS was then tuned out by that same margin, 25-19.
The third game, which turned out to be the final game for the Jets, was a see-saw affair that saw six ties before FM got to the 10-point mark. TVS got the raucous crowd going by clawing together five straight points to go up 15-10 with a much needed game victory in sight.
However, that was not to be the case due to boisterous words by Coach Amy Booher and some sensational bombs by daughter Morgan helped stem the Panthers’ march. The Panthers’ march turned into a small crawl as the Jets did not run out of fuel and torched the nets for 10 straight points to assume a 20-15 lead. That lead would not dissipate as Jet’s fans were jumping as the lead held up, finishing up the match at 25-19.
“It was a great first conference win tonight for the Jets,” Franklin Monroe head coach Amy Booher said. “Morgan Booher led the team with 21 kills, two blocks and 10 digs. She also added nine assists. Carrie Baker led the team in assists with 18 and also had four aces, seven digs and had 22 points. Makenzie Kreitzer ended the night with six kills and nine digs.”