FORT PIERRE - The Stanley County Buffaloes were unable to end their regular season on a high note after dropping two games Friday and Saturday.
Stanley County began the weekend by hosting a matchup against Highmore-Harrold Friday; the Lady Buffs lost the contest in straight sets, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-18. Stanley County dropped its contest Saturday in Lyman in straight sets 25-16, 25-10 and 25-8.
The Buffaloes were unable to earn their third win of the season against the Pirates Friday despite being competitive throughout the game.
Shelby Gienger put the Lady Buffs in striking distance with an ace in the first set which put the score at 14-13 in favor of Highmore-Harrold. Communication issues would hinder the Lady Buffs as the Lady Buffs went on a 7-2 run to take the set, the run was highlighted by Tyann Hamlin's attack.
Stanley County played right with the Lady Pirates in the second set again as Nicole Smith's ace gave it a lead in the early goings of the second set. Kasey Aasby's ace erased the lead though as the Lady Pirates went on a on a run to take a 14-9 lead.
Stanley County couldn't recover from the run as Highmore-Harrold took the second set 25-15.
Communication issues once again handicapped the Lady Buffs in the final set as they allowed the Lady Pirates to jump out to a 9-8 advantage. An attack by Jenny Ganske would give Stanley County a 10-9 lead for a quick recovery.
"The girls just need to figure it out at this point, I think we just get caught off guard at times and we just need to communicate more," Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said of the communication issues.
Ganske's attack wasn't enough though as Tyann Hamlin would take control of the set. Tyann Hamlin had two attacks which sparked an 8-2 run for Highmore-Harrold. The Lady Pirates would finish the set and the game 25-18.
"We just need to continue to work together as a team, we just need to execute at the net and continue to be aggressive," Mundt said.
Shantel Norman had 16 digs in a losing effort; Gienger added 12 digs of her own.
Stanley County was outmatched in their contest against Lyman in its second contest in two days. Things progressively got worse for the Lady Buffs as Lyman dominated the second and third sets after a competitive first set.
"We need to find a desire to win and take care of the ball in our court before districts," Mundt said.
Gienger had three kills and nine digs in the loss, as the Lady Buffs are attempting to play up to their potential heading into districts.
The Lady Buffs now head into postseason play as they will compete in the district round. The Lady Buffs will take on an opponent to be determined Nov. 3 in Fort Pierre at 7 p.m.