“It was the best we’ve played,” Coach Dan Connelly said of the Lady Indians’ play-in game against Libby on Monday, Nov. 1. “They were awesome.”
Beating the Loggers was required to qualify for Western A Divisional competition in Ronan, and the Lady Indians came close.
Browning sought its rhythm in the first set, coming up short on a 25-11 score, but they worked together to overwhelm the Loggers in the second set, 25-18. They repeated their attack in set three, winning by two, 25-23, but came up short by the same score in the fourth set, also 25-23.
The deciding set was very close, but a couple key mistakes put Libby up by two in the final 15-point session, 15-13.
“I sure wanted to get that last one,” the coach said. “Everybody stepped up. I’m really proud of the seniors, and the younger girls did their part too.”
This year’s seniors move on to winter basketball and track ahead of graduation, but are bidding farewell to high school volleyball. They include Sarah Crawford, Bonnie Crow Spreads His Wings, Sierha Eaton, Cara Guardipee, Larissa Lahr, Trinidee Old Chief, Libby McLean and Melorie White Quills.
“Every coach I’ve talked to has said how much the team’s improved this year,” Coach Connelly said. “I’ve still got a core group. Jerel McEvers-Whitegrass, Natalee St. Goddard and my daughter, Susan [Connelly] are coming back. And our freshman, Tashlynn Lazyboy, she played the lights out and everybody more or less followed suit.
“My first year, I’ll be honest, was a learning experience for me, but I have a great staff,” Connelly continued. “We’ll be doing some spring ball and some summer ball, and with that experience I expect big things.”