The Neosho Lady Wildcats and the East Newton Lady Patriots battled for three sets Thursday night before the Lady Patriots came out on top 2-1 (16-24, 25-16, 25-19).

The Neosho Lady Wildcats and the East Newton Lady Patriots battled for three sets Thursday night before the Lady Patriots came out on top 2-1 (16-24, 25-16, 25-19).
Ryli Copeland led the Lady Patriots with nine kills and Madison McDermott added four.
Laken Schneckenberg paced Neosho with six kills, while Emma Hames and Brianna Keho each added five.
Copeland and McDermott each had a pair of blocks, while Keho had Neosho’s only block.
In the service game, East Newton’s Shelby Guinn and Logan Rogers each had 12 service points, while Copeland and Guinn each had two aces.
Ashley Sims led Neosho with 12 service points, while Keho added 11 and Schnackenberg and Brylee King each had 10. Keno and Savannah Merriman each had one service ace.
East Newton’s Ashlyn Kirby and Rogers each reached double-digits in digs with 18 and 11, respectively, while Kaitlynn Massey and Guinn added 13 and six assists, respectively.
Hames and Schnackenberg had 16 and seven digs, respectively, while Sims and Schnackenberg had 10 and eight assists, respectively.
East Newton improved to 3-0 and the Lady Patriots return to action today at Sarcoxie.
Neosho dropped to 0-8 and the Lady Wildcats’ winless streak was extended to 58 matches. Neosho next plays McDonald County.

Diamond swept by Seneca, East Newton
The Diamond Lady Wildcats lost a pair of matches against Newton County rivals — 2-0 (25-23, 25-13) Thursday against Seneca and 2-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-21) Tuesday against East Newton.
On Thursday, Jessica Gorham led the Lady Indians with 18 assists and four aces. Sarah Hoover had six kills and seven digs. Taylor Mailes and Haley Miller each had a kill block.
Grace Donnel finished with seven kills and two aces for Diamond, while Maddie Cupp had 14 digs, Loran Atnip four blocks, and Emily Valdez seven assists.
Valdez led Diamond with 19 assists and six aces Tuesday against East Newton, while Cupp had 13 digs, Atnip seven kills, and Donnel three blocks.
Diamond — 2-2 on the season — returns to action tonight at College Heights.