By Chuck Reherman
A late addition to the scrimmage schedule for Southwest Covenant turned out to be one where the Lady Patriots held their own.
The Lady Patriots after only four days of practice made a trek to the Tulsa area to compete in a day-long scrimmage festival at Sand Springs. And, the Lady Patriots split three of the matches, won one and lost one.
SWCS will get a full week of practice in before their season opener on Aug, 17, hosting Destiny Christian. It will also be Senior Night.
“The scrimmage went really well,” SWCS head coach Samantha Lindsey said. “It was a little bit roller coastery, so that was not the greatest, but they competed with everyone there.
“It was pretty half and half as far as wins and losses in the matches, but all the games were competitive,” she said. “We split with Sand Springs. Out first set our serve-receive was awful and they ran off like 10 straight points, But, we came back and won the second. We had a lot of young players so it was a lot of up and down kind of play.
“Overall, we got better as the scrimmage went along so I think we are on the right track definitetly.”
The Lady Patriots opened the festival with class 5A Glenpool and lost both sets 25-23 and 25-22. SWCS beat Chisholm in two sets 25-16 and 25-23, then split with host Sand Springs losing 25-15 in the first and coming back to win the second 25-23.
The Lady Patriots then split with Regent Prep winning 25-20, then lost 25-17. In the final match, SWCS won the first 26-22, but saw the time limit get the team in the second set which ended in a 22-22 tie.
And with the splits against the larger schools, Lindsey did see some bright spots in her team.
“We definitely had some bright spots on the day,” Lindsey said. “We were up and down the whole day, but we can take a lot of positives out of the day and come back and work on what we need to do to get better.
“Offensively, we played the best so far that we have played,” she added. “Alex (Davis) played really well, a lot better than she did in the Yukon scrimmage. Our younger people like Autumn (Smith) and Kenzi (Moseley) they started figuring it out where to be on the court, so we looked more comfortable out there.
“Alex and Emma (Riggs) scored the majority of our points, but overall we started to let more people handle the ball. We did have a good chance to look at everyone and I feel we are going in the right direction, especially with the line-up and how we are doing things. I was happy with a lot, but our conditioning, you could tell we later in the scrimmage and that is something we will work on.”