Lady Lions Reach Elite Eight




Kay Smith

The Ashland Beacon


   The Boyd County volleyball team saw their undefeated season come to an end Friday with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-17) defeat to Mercy in the Elite 8 of the State Tournament. 

   The Lady Lions ran their record to 34-0, not including a COVID cancellation earlier in the season, with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 26-24) win over Floyd Central in the semi-state round last Monday night at Boyd County. Morgan Lewis and Taylor Bartrum each recorded 11 kills and Layla Brown dished out 19 assists and 10 digs in the win. Audrey Biggs added four blocks and five kills.

   Boyd County’s magical season ended to a much taller, private school Mercy Friday night at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky.  The Jaguars front line consisted of players 6’3”. Lewis had 14 kills and Brown 21 assists and Biggs’ aggressive play resulted in many crucial blocks for the Lady Lions. 

  Mercy reached the State Tournament championship game where they fell to another private school in St. Henry 3-0.

   Boyd County was ranked in the state top five all year. The Lady Lions only lost 12 sets in 35 games played and were champions of the Boyd County Invitational, Dink Scott Memorial and the Eastern Kentucky Tournaments. Boyd County repeated as District Champions for the fourth straight year and made their first state tournament appearance in 18 years. Since 2016 the Lady Lions improved from 0-28 to 34-1 this year.

   Audrey Biggs was named to the 2021 State All-Tournament Team.