Marion falls to

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 7, 2005

By Emilee King

The Selma Times-Journal

Open Door Academy made the trip from Northport to Marion looking for a victory. They found one, sweeping the homestanding Marion Academy Lady Panthers in three games.

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Open Door was able to win the match in the best-of-five series.

The Lady Panthers didn’t roll over for their opponents from north Alabama. Open Door and Marion went to extra points in the first game with the Lady Eagles winning 27-25.

Marion’s high scorers were Kathryn Sturgis with eight points, Kimberly Clements with four points and an ace. Amy Boyle and Sarah Fowler combined for five points and an ace.

In game two, Marion hoped to even things up, but in the end fell short 25-16. Throughout the second game, Marion struggled with their serving, giving points to Open Door each time the ball hit the floor on an errant serve, thanks to the new rally scoring system.

Ashlee Walworth, Kasey Barton and Fowler proved to be the Lady Panthers leading scorers.

The Lady Panthers were never able to get their offense in rhythm in the third and final game of the match, falling 25-10.

Amy Parsons, Fowler, Barton and Tori Langford stepped up and led the Lady Panther offense, but were no match for the Open Door attack. The Lady Panthers will have the opportunity to rebound from their loss when they travel to Selma to face the Morgan Academy Lady Senators on Thursday afternoon.