Last year, after finishing in the middle of the pack in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division, the Lancers went on to capture a Division III sectional championship. Then the girls from Stewart put up a tremendous fight against a heavily favored Wheelersburg team during the first round of the Southeast District Tournament at Athens High School.
The Lancers scored their second consecutive win in spoiling Southern's Senior night festivities.
Tuesday it was the Lancers, not the flu bug that bit the Southern girls.
Federal Hocking was led by Shannon Parsons wih 16 points, while Megan Parsons added 15 in the Lancer win. Southern was led by Gabby Johnson with 11 and Courtney Thomas with ten serving points.
Seniors honored during senior night festivities were Breanna Taylor, Gabby Johnson, Kayla Stevens, Stephanie Shamblin, Lindsay Teaford, Ashley Walker, and Katie Woods.
Despite the hoopla of Senior Night, Southern never really got over the hump. Federal Hocking, coming off a big sectional win Monday was primed. That winning attitude carried over into a lopsided 25-11 first game win.
Southern came back strong in the second game. Serves by Walker, Woods, Taylor, Thomas, and Johnson all brought Southern back into the mix. Katelyn Hill also had a couple big plays on the front line, however, the Parsons and Parsons connection was joined by a great effort from Federal's Hannah McKibben. Federal went on to claim the 25-21 win.
Southern led the finale 18-12 until McKibben laced up a string of seven points to give the visitors a 24-18 advantage. Johnson made it 24-20, but a side-out gave Federal the 25-20 win.
Southern's Bobbi Harris had three aces in a 5-5 serving night, Johnson was 11-14 serving with two aces, Lindsay Teaford was 9-9 with two aces, and Walker was 9-9 serving. Taylor was 8-10 spiking with two blocks, and Hill 4-5 spiking with two blocks. Shamblin was 8-8 spiking. Emily Ash was 8-8 serving.
Southern won the reserve game 25-19, 17-25, and 25-22 for its first win of the year. Hope Teaford and Maggie Cummins paced Southern with 16 and 15 points respectively, while Amber Hayman had 11.
Southern concluded its 2009 season after falling to Miller in the Sectional on Monday.