Hanneah Puckett, far right, celebrates with her teammates after a point over Tongue River in the second set of a straight-sets sweep Thursday night in Big Horn. The Lady Rams host the Big Horn Invite today and tomorrow at the school. (The Sheridan Press/Brad Estes)Hanneah Puckett, far right, celebrates with her teammates after a point over Tongue River in the second set of a straight-sets sweep Thursday night in Big Horn. The Lady Rams host the Big Horn Invite today and tomorrow at the school. (The Sheridan Press/Brad Estes)

BH sweeps TR spikers to open conference

BIG HORN — Big Horn took round one of the early-season, cross-county rivalry with Tongue River Thursday night.

The Lady Rams came out on top of three back-and-forth sets to sweep the Tongue River Lady Eagles and open conference play 1-0 Thursday night. Big Horn used comebacks in the first and third sets to earn the sweep (25-22, 25-20, 25-23).

Tongue River led the first set until a barrage of kills from Lady Ram Bailey Bard allowed her squad to draw even.

In the third, the Lady Eagles looked sure to force at least a fourth game, but after tying twice from down by two, the Lady Rams eventually fought back from a 20-17 deficit to get by the Lady Eagles.

Lady Rams head coach Leigh McLauglin knew that things could have easily gone differently.

“We did some good things, we weren’t playing our best and we were able to still come out on top and finish each game, so that made me proud of them,” she said. “As far as overall, we didn’t play at our level tonight.”

The first and second sets each ended as Tongue River serves flew long. McLaughlin said that it was good to get the three-set win ahead of another busy weekend tournament.  “Absolutely,” she said. “It was good to get that first conference win under our belt.”

Thursday’s win put the Lady Rams to 9-3 this season and 1-0 in 2A Northest, while Tongue River dropped to 3-10 and 0-1 in conference.

The Lady Rams host Tongue River and other area squads at the Big Horn Invite, which began this morning.

Check back later for a tournament schedule and results.

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