MOUNT VERNON — The East Newton Lady Patriots battled three sets with the No. 3-seeded Nevada Lady Tigers, falling 2-1 (26-24, 17-25, 25-14) Tuesday night to the defending champions in the Class 3, District 12 tournament at Mount Vernon High.

Kaitlyn Massey sparked East Newton with 11 kills, two aces, 11 digs, and six assists, doing a little bit of everything Tuesday night for the Lady Patriots.

Ashlyn Kirby had three kills, 27 digs, and one assist. Kirby increased her number of digs for the season to 631, averaging 10.5 digs per set on the season.

Madison McDermott had five kills, two blocks, and six digs.

Logan Rogers finished with five kills, three aces, and 13 digs.

East Newton’s season came to an 11-16-2 end.

In the match Tuesday, East Newton and Nevada battled back-and-forth and Nevada held a 24-22 lead with set point before an error and a communication breakdown produced a tie score. Out of a timeout, Nevada came through with a pair of blocks and claimed the first set.

East Newton had a 12-9 lead in the second set and the Lady Patriots managed to continually build on their lead, coming out 25-17.

Nevada answered the bell in the final set, leaving East Newton behind in the dust after a 10-7 score. Nevada’s front line power brought both sets and the match to the Lady Tigers.

Nevada improved to 16-14-1 entering the district semis Wednesday, led on Tuesday night by Adrian Bond with 18 kills, Sydney Ernsbarger 17 kills and six blocks, Hailey Jackson 35 digs and two aces, and Stacy Pennington 19 digs.

In other matches Tuesday night, Cassville defeated Seneca 2-0 (25-23, 25-23) and Mount Vernon defeated Monett 2-0 (25-8, 25-18).