Fox Creek falls in regular season, on to playoffs
As Fox Creek starts the playoffs this week, they will do so having faced the top team in Class A, Branchville.
The Predators (14-4) were defeated by Branchville (27-5) in four sets, winning the first set 25-23 before falling in the next three 25-18, 25-15, 25-15.
“I thought we were doing too much scoreboard watching,” Clay Bryant, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “We were playing well, at times, then one bad thing turned into three or four and kind of snowballed on us. We’ve got to do a better job at keeping our heads straight.”
The Predators strong first set was led by the play of Olivia Floyd and Morgan Williams.
“The first set, we played team ball,” Bryant said. “We have to do that, we don’t have superstars on this team. When everybody plays team ball, we’re tough to beat.”
However, for the rest of the match, Branchville took control, winning by at least seven points in each set.
“We found some things from this match that we need to adjust to,” Bryant said. “We’ll make those changes during the week.”
One of the changes Bryant wants to make is to play better defense, as Branchville was able to go on a number of scoring runs.
“Our defense has to be better,” he said. “That’s one thing we’re going to work on going into the playoffs. We’ll do what we can to get it corrected this week.”
Fox Creek’s regular season has come to an end, with the Class A playoffs beginning on Monday.
“We’re a one seed in the playoffs, so we’ll match up with somebody’s four seed,” Bryant said. “We’re going to go as long as we can in the playoffs. I think we’re definitely a Final 4 team.”
Fox Creek defeated C.A. Johnson (0-18) in the first round of the playoffs on Monday night. The Predators will next face Brashier Middle College Charter on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Riverview Park Activities Center.