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Makenzie Prichard blocks a McCreary Central player at the net.

After a dominating performance in the first set (25-13), the North Laurel Jaguars were forced to rally from behind in the second set with a 26-24 win over McCreary Central on Senior Night.

Seniors Carrie Cobb, Emily Denny, Morgan Emery, Casey Karr and Megan Prewitt were honored before the game.

Although her name was announced wrong before the game, nothing about her game was wrong as Prewitt lead the Jaguars to an easy victory in the first set.

The Jaguars jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage with some great volley play and the serving ability of Emery.

Cobb added three more points followed by three from Kelsi Smith as the Jaguars took a 12-5 advantage.

“They really hustled and came out with a lot of energy,” North Laurel coach Kenny Woods said. “We played well in the first game.”

Makenzie Prichard pushed the Jaguar lead to 17-8 with four straight points including an ace. Prewitt and Cobb combined for five of the final eight points to secure the victory.

The Raiders took offense to being dominated in the first set as they came out with revenge on their minds and gave the Jaguars a scare in the second set.

“We got relaxed after winning that easily,” Woods said. “Sometimes you don’t understand that you played well to get there. They are a good team and they have a lot of wins this year. We relaxed and they made some good plays.”

The Jaguars found themselves trailing 5-3 and turned to Smith, who served five straight points for an 11-8 advantage.

Although the Jaguars pulled out to a 16-11 lead, the Raiders rallied with six straight points to retake the lead at 17-16.

After going back and forth the Jaguars made their final push after falling behind 24-23 with a couple great volleys and serves by Emery.

Woods was pleased with the way his team regained their focus and battled back. He also mentioned how important the seniors have been to the program.

“You have to hand it to our girls. They got behind, but they came right back in a tight situation and made the plays to win,” Woods said. “We are going to miss the seniors tremendously. They are the leaders and they really helped get this program established. That makes us 23 wins this season and we can’t ask for much more than that. It feels great to get a win on senior night.”

North Laurel will take on Somerset tonight at 7 p.m. in the opening game of the district tournament at Southwestern Pulaski.

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