John Tyler kept Kilgore guessing and swept the Lady Bulldogs in the process.

Six players posted five or more kills as JT defeated Kilgore 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 in a District 14-4A volleyball match Tuesday night at the Lions Den.

Jennifer McGowen, a 5-10 senior middle blocker, registered team highs in kills (nine), blocks (two) and aces (three) as the Lady Lions (24-12, 6-4) matched last year’s win-total with four district contests remaining. 

Breanna Choice contributed eight kills, with Amicia Williams (seven kills, one block) right behind followed by the trio of Erica Franklin (five kills, 12 digs, nine serves), Kashanti Flowers (five kills) and Donisha Rouge (five kills). 

“That’s a good thing because you don’t know who’ll hit the ball,” JT coach Stephanie March-Smith said of the team balance. “The defense (and our) hitters have to stay ready.”

Other notable performers for JT included Jocelynn Brown (13 assists, nine serves), Toya Harmon (15 serves, six digs), Quaneshia Johnson (20 assists, 15 serves), and Amanda Theaker (13 digs, two kills). 

Laquasha Sheffield led Kilgore (3-7) with eight kills. 

McGowen produced six kills in the first game alone. 

Johnson served the final four points of the first game. The junior setter keyed the third game with four consecutive serves as JT opened up an eight-point advantage, one that never dipped below six points afterward.

JT captured victories in both sub-varsity matches, with the junior varsity evening its district record at 5-5 with a win in three games (18-25, 25-20, 25-19), and the freshman needing two games to prevail (25-21, 25-23). 

All three JT teams return to action Friday at Whitehouse, starting with the varsity match at 4:30 p.m.

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