Lady Mohawks Shine in Queens of the Hardwood

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Kacey Crossfield (left) and Taylor Davis following their victory in the annual Queens of the Hardwood to benefit City Youth Ministries.

Lady Mohawks Kacey Crossfield and Taylor Davis took the night off from this year's softball schedule Friday, April 4 and showcased their skills as members of the East All-Stars in the annual Queens of the Hardwood volleyball match. The two talented members of the Tribe were on the winning east squad, and both played a key role in notching the victory over the north team.

The Queens of the Hardwood for 2014 was held in Raider Gym of Nettleton High School, and featured 32 star high school senior volleyball stars from across the region. Now in its ninth year, the annual event serves as a fundraiser for City Youth Ministries of Jonesboro.

The rosters included the Lady Mohawks along with players from Batesville, Nettleton, Wynne, Brookland, Ridgefield Christian, Walnut Ridge, Westside, Marion, Jonesboro High School, Greene County Tech, Mountain Home, Crowley's Ridge Academy, Valley View, Harrisburg and Hoxie.

Repeating something they've likely done a thousand times before, Taylor (left) and Kacey compare notes as the east team awaits the north squad's serve.

Coaching the Lady Mohawks on the east squad were Jana Berry of Walnut Ridge as head coach and Craig Cummings of the state champion Lady Hurricane of Jonesboro High as assistant coach. Meanwhile, the head coach for the north all stars was Ridgefield Christian coach Michele Lawson and she was assisted by Tanya Haigwood, who coached Batesville to the state runner-up spot in 5A.

With both Crossfield and Davis on the floor, the best-of-five match got underway before a packed house. In the first game the north squad got off to a strong start, and rode the momentum to a 25-20 win.

But, the east team responded in the second game, propelled by a streak of aces from Piggott's Davis, and took the game easily by a final of 25-11.

The third game was a tough affair, with the east team pulling out the win by a final of 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Crossfield had a big game for the winners with several aces, and kills, during the course of the contest--which proved pivotal on the night.

Game four was a knock-down, drag-out battle which eventually went to the east team by a final of 27-25, after the north squad came back from a 20-13 deficit to tie it at 22-22 in the late going. The two squads then swapped points with several amazing volleys, and during the course of the contest stood tied at 23-23, 24-24 and 25-25 before a winner could be decided.

Despite the fact the match was already in hand, the two teams played a fifth game for the benefit of the capacity crowd. That game also went to the east squad as they clawed out a 28-26 decision by way of the tiebreaker.

During their time as members of the Lady Mohawk volleyball squad Davis and Crossfield were both standouts, earning All-Conference and All-State honors both their junior and senior seasons. Both were also chosen to the All-State Tournament team for their postseason performances, Crossfield this past fall and Davis in the fall of 2012.

Based on their performance in the Queens of the Hardwood, and how they stacked up with some of the top talent in the state, it's easy to understand why the Lady Mohawk volleyball program has come to be so well-known and respected statewide.

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