Kennett junior Caroline Shetley gets ready to make a forehand return during Monday's girls' high school tennis match against Dexter at Wheatley Courts.
Thanks to some good all-around play, they got it.
The Lady Tribe got balanced offense and dominated both sets in a 25-11, 25-10 win over the Caruthersville Lady Tigers Monday night at Kennett High School in Bootheel Conference play.
"I think it was a very good team win," Kennett coach Laura Ort said. "We were even pretty much offensively. My middles, I think they dominated the first game. They dominated the pace of the game and for them to be able to do that, we had to have good defense."
Kennett (12-7-4, 4-1 Bootheel) also got a strong game at the service line from junior Jamie Jarrett, who ran off nine straight points in the opening set, then served 10 straight to break open the final set and also recorded four aces on the night.
"I don't know how many points she served altogether, but she served the ball well and we scored points when she was back there because her serve wasn't just an easy serve," said Ort. "She gave them something hard to work with."
Jody Vancil and Audrey Wynne each had five kills to lead the attack, while Ciara Dewrock added four kills, four blocks and a pair of aces. Taylor Wake had a pair of kills and four digs while Chrisie Burrow dished off 11 assists.
With the win, Kennett remains in the hunt for the Bootheel Conference title and the top seed in next month's conference tournament, both of which the Lady Tribe won last year.
"Obviously we want to win every game," Ort said. "We're looking at we'd like to defend our title. I think we're putting ourselves in a position where we can do that. I believe that we're going to continue to get better. It's right here at the middle of the season and I feel like we're still on our way up."
The Lady Indians also won the junior varsity contest.
Kennett hosts Doniphan on Thursday.
Kennett 7, Dexter 2
At Wheatley Courts, the Lady Tribe turned in its second strong performance of the season against the visiting Lady Bearcats to improve to 4-5 on the season.
Brianna Burcham recorded an 8-3 win over Shanna Gant to improve to 9-0 on the season, while Alexandra Brown and Vickie Panousis each picked up wins and have won seven matches apiece this year. Meanwhile, Brown and Burcham won their doubles match to improve to 8-1 in 2009.
Kennett hosts Caruthersville Wednesday and Sikeston on Thursday to close out the regular season.
Kennett 7, Dexter 2
Alexandra Brown won 8-0
Yiota Panousis won 8-0
Brianna Burcham won 8-3
Vickie Panousis won 8-2
Caroline Shetley won 8-2
Mallory Lancaster lost 8-0
Panousis-Panousis won 8-1
Brown-Burcham won 8-1
Shetley-Lancaster lost 8-4
Kennett 9, Dexter 3
Anna Kay Hilburn lost 7-6 (7-4)
Katie Briscoe won 6-0
Anna Stillman won 6-3
Elaine Hoskins lost 7-5
Jill Niemeier won 6-0
Madison Bryant lost 6-4
Haley Simmons won 6-1
Amber Camp won 6-0
Hilburn-Briscoe won 6-3
Stillman-Hoskins lost 6-4
Niemeier-Bryant won 6-2
LWhite-KWhite won 6-1
KWhite-LWhite won 6-3
Southeast Fall Classic
The top four seeds all advanced to today's semifinals with big wins in the quarterfinals of the tourney.
Top-seeded Cooter downed North Pemiscot 10-0, while No. 2 Senath-Hornersville rolled past Risco 13-3, third-seeded South Pemiscot dispatched Campbell 11-2 and No. 4 Bernie rolled past Holcomb 11-1.
At Cooter, Zach Watkins threw a five-hit shutout against North Pem. Watkins won his fourth game of the fall season, striking out seven and walking two in the five-inning contest.
Cooter (16-5) was led by Tyler Thornton and Zach Watkins with two hits each.
Cooter hosts Bernie today at 4:30 p.m. while Senath-Hornersville takes on South Pem in Senath at 4:30.