Legacy boosts defense to overpower rival Summit

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Mansfield Legacy needed every ounce of offense to dispatch Mansfield Summit during their five-set match last month.

Tuesday, the Broncos added defense to the mix, dispatching Summit 25-20, 25-18, 25-12 in a District 15-4A match at Legacy’s gym.

The win allows Legacy to stay in the chase for a district title and maintain a second-place tie with Red Oak.

“Our serve-receive is so much better this time around,” middle blocker Samantha Eaton said. “We’ve improved that part to the point where our offense can really look for different ways to score.”

Eaton worked Summit’s back row in recording 14 kills and added three blocks as the Broncos ran their record to 17-14, 6-2 in district play.

Summit (20-10, 5-3) hung close throughout the first two games, largely behind the play of Arianna Baker.

The junior middle blocker had six kills and two blocks before an injury forced coach Linda Alfaro to pull the Jaguars’ leading hitter from the game.

“That really got us for sure,” Alfaro said. “When you can’t have your best players on the floor, it just means others have to step up, and we didn’t do that tonight. I think Ari will be fine, but I didn’t want to leave her out there and injure something else.”

Baker’s exit was huge loss for Summit, which traded leads nine times in the second game before Eaton got Legacy going.

She had two kills, while Jasmine Jones recorded three and Brittany Bell two in a decisive 9-4 run for the Broncos.

That stretch set the tone for the final set as Legacy seemed to balance its offense at the net.

“That’s what we’re trying to do, is give our hitters options and make defenses work,” Legacy coach Amanda Shingleton said. “The energy here was just amazing, with the rivalry and everything. I was pleased with how the girls responded to that, and I feel like we’re getting better each game out.”

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