IHCC’s second-year head coach, Lyndsey Lyon, had a slightly different reaction after looking at another close tale on the scoreboard after a match with the Grizzlies.
“I’ve played these guys three times in two years. Each time it’s been a five-game match usually with the fifth game decided by two or three points,” Lyon said. “I asked Coach Wiedemann afterwards when we’re going to start flipping this result around so we can win a few of these tight fifth games.”
Frankly, it didn’t appear there would even be a fifth game at various times on Monday. IHCC (11-12) stormed out of the locker room and owned the opening game, leading virtually the entire way on the way to a nine-point opener.
Missouri State-West Plains rallied back, leading almost all of game two to even the match with a 25-17 win. The Grizzlies led by five late in game three before a six-point run gave the Warriors a sudden game point before West Plains rallied again to take the lead in the match with a 26-24 win.
“It felt like we were still on the bus in game one. We didn’t feel like we were attacking or communicating,” Weidemann said. “We started to really pick it up and we were feeling pretty good about how we were playing going into game four.”
That momentum seemed to be what would propel the Grizzlies to a four-game win. West Plains jumped on top 13-4 in game four and led by five later when IHCC rallied to tie the game at 20-20 and finished the fourth off with five of the final six points to force the deciding game.
“I thought we were dead in the water with the way that fourth game started,” Lyon said. “For the girls to bear down and hang in there to earn that win, you can’t ask for a lot more than that.”