WC battles Brandon, falls 2-1

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Valera Vollor of Warren Central, left, and Brandon’s Sheri Toler battle for the ball. (The Vicksburg Post/PAT SHANNAHAN)

Warren Central’s quest for a return to the state playoffs got off to a rocky start in the Lady Vikes’ first home game.

Kathryn White’s lofting shot found the back of the net 24 seconds into extra time as Brandon (2-1) upended the Lady Vikes, 2-1, Tuesday night.

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“I thought we hustled and played aggressively,” second-year WC coach Holly Lane said. “I just didn’t think we clicked like we did in the jamboree (Nov. 4) …”

Sophomore Alisha Lawrence gave WC (2-1-1) a lead 12 minutes into the second half with a 25-yard shot that clipped off the fingers of Brandon goalie Amber Ferguson and trickled into the net.

Three minutes later, however, Sheri Toler dribbled a shot past 1999 Vicksburg Post Player of the Year Courtney Hubert with a lot of commotion in front of the net to tie the game at 1 apiece.

“I thought we were going to tie again, just like last year,” Brandon coach Fred Schelver said. “It was a good, hard-fought contest. Both teams played well.”

Brandon outshot WC, 10-5, in the second half after being outshot 6-5 in the opening half.

“I told our girls we had to shoot more, period,” he said.

Hubert made seven saves, six of those coming in the second half after Brandon upped the offensive pressure.

The Lady Vikes will play in the Northwest Rankin Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against perennial power Meridian. They return home Monday to face defending state champ Madison Central.