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BRANDON — After a grueling weekend at the Berkeley Premier, Plant eased back into the rest of its schedule Tuesday night.
The Panthers beat Brandon 25-15, 25-17, 25-7 in a District 6A-8 match after going 1-4 in tournament play over the weekend against a loaded field that included several nationally ranked teams. The victory gave Plant coach Leanna Taylor a chance to rest some players and get a glimpse some future stars.
Senior opposite hitter Callie Henley led Plant (10-6) with 12 kills, senior libero Charlotte Hill recorded 13 digs and junior setter Maren Douglas posted 20 assists and three aces. But Taylor was also pleased with the play of setter Paige Draper, the squad’s only freshman, and sophomore outside hitters Sydney Starsch and Ashley Cozart.
“We just gave a lot of people opportunities to play tonight because it was a long weekend at the Premier, so it was nice to see the bench come in and fight and play hard,” Taylor said. “We were able to get them in and have them have ownership of this team as well, so they know their hard work is paying off.”
Led by senior Lindsey Watson’s 16 kills and 12 digs, Brandon (1-4) could take confidence in scoring more points against the Panthers than it did last year, but coach Amy Watson said her young squad still has a long way to go.
“What we need to work on is we can’t just go out and be defeated as soon as we step on the floor, but that goes with being young,” Watson said. “That’s what we need to work on: We need to build confidence.”