Scouts Handcuff Outlaws

Photo by Alastair Baker

Bridger Scout Maddie Scianna

gets one of her 16 kills against Roy Winifred.

The Roy Winifred Outlaws found themselves under lock and key after encountering the Bridger Scouts in a tough first game of the Southern C Divisional tournament in Absarokee Thursday. The Scouts battled the Outlaws into submission, eventually winning 26-28, 25-20, 25-12, 22-25 and 15-11. The Scouts looked to be on the verge of going two sets down after throwing away the first set having been 26-25 up at the end. The second set was going the Outlaw's way, the Scouts were flagging and nothing was going right. At 20-17 down, the Bridger coach, Wayne Moorman, called a timeout and changed the course of the tie. I just told them, he said afterwards "to play with wit not emotion. They were so excited and there was not enough play on the court." The Scouts restarted and collected 8 straight points to win 25-20, a truly significant ace from Kelsey Schober to make it 24-20, helped to soothe the nerves. The third set saw the Scouts begin with a 5-0 lead from which they never looked back, winning 25-12. The Scouts had picked up an amazing 33 points from 42 served. The 4th set proved not so easy as the Outlaws started to regain some composure and both teams stalemated each other until Schober's penetrating serves started spreading a gap between the two teams, but just when the 22-19 lead looked to be Bridger's third set, they stumbled and allowed the Outlaws 6 straight points to take the 4th. The final set played on everyone's nerves. At 7-7 it was anyone's game but again back came Schober's to serve the Scouts into the next game. Bridger play Reed Point Rapelje in game 5 at 6 p.m. tonight. The winner will get to the semi-finals. Reed Point Rapelje defeated Stanford, Geyer, Denton 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 19-15 earlier.