Jackets split week, get big win over T-Breds

  • Thursday, October 3, 2013

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers North Augusta's Ndidi Okafor pops a shot over against South Aiken. She had 16 kills in the win.


Going into the game against South Aiken on Tuesday, head coach Lindsay Tucker said her team needed to beat the Thoroughbreds.

Her Jackets (10-7, 1-3 Region 5-AAAA) responded, winning 28-26, 25-20, 25-20, behind Ndidi Okafor’s 16 kills, Desmonet Wilson’s 10 kills and four aces, Raynee Spires’ 16 digs, and Alli Bell’s 36 assists.

The team also beat Clark Central and lost to Greenbrier and Aiken at the end of last week.

“In order to make the playoffs, we have to be in the top four in the region,” Tucker said. “That means at minimum we have to beat two teams both times we play them. Beating South Aiken put us one step closer to that goal. We are playing Dutch Fork, and then we have to beat both of them the second time we play them. Of course it would be wonderful to beat some of the other teams in our region as well, but at minimum this is what we have to do to make the playoffs.

“Each year we cut it close, and for each of the years I have been coaching it has always come down to either us or South Aiken, and it is looking like that will be the case again this year.”

Looking back on the week that was, Tucker said she wished her team was 3-1 instead of 2-2, but that Greenbrier was “a much tougher than they were a few weeks ago.”

“We definitely did not play our best, and it cost us the game,” she said.

The Jackets will only play the aforementioned game against Dutch Fork on what was to have happened on Tuesday.

“We’ll have plenty of time to practice and get ready for the region the second time around,” Tucker said.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star.

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