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BRANDON FINDS ITS FOCUS

The Eagles lean on Aly Woodlee to win their second straight title.

Brandon coach Amy Watson wasn't thrilled with her team's semifinal win Wednesday in the 5A-8 district tournament.

"They just kind of walked in (Wednesday) and had this glazed-over look in their eyes," Watson said. "I didn't know what to expect (Thursday), to be honest."

Junior Aly Woodlee put her coach's fears to rest.

Woodlee had a match-high 14 kills, leading a balanced Brandon attack Thursday as the Eagles defeated Newsome 25-11, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11 for their second consecutive district title.

"We saw in the newspaper that this was supposed to be Newsome's year and all that did was motivate us," Woodlee said. "This is our year."

After cruising through the first two games, Brandon struggled in Game 3.

Newsome's Jonni Raga accounted for three of the Wolves' final four points, cutting the Brandon lead to 2-1.

"When we met before that fourth game, we just talked about unity," Woodlee said. "We just had to come together and play the way we can."

Brandon did just that, ending a tight 15-11 Game 4 with a 10-0 run.

Fittingly, it was Woodlee who split the defense with a powerful spike on championship point.

"When she's on like tonight she isn't easy to stop," Watson said.

Woodlee was one of five Eagles with at least seven kills. Courtney Bobo finished with nine, Audra Geniesse added eight while Lindsey Watson and Micki Rivers each had seven.

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