Pink Game raises the most money in four years
By: SCOTT JOINER
Back in 2008 the Morgan City volleyball program held its first Pink Game and raised $5,086.40 and eclipsed that mark in 2009 with $6,602.29.
Those two games combined didn’t come near the amount raised at this season’s Pink Game held Wednesday against South Terrebonne. The Lady Tigers, with help of junior highs around the parish, raised an impressive $17,015.25 that was donated to Miles Perrett Cancer Services and Oncologics, which is an Acadiana-based organization with numerous programs meant to assist cancer patients in their recovery.
There were 1,100 Choot Down Cancer T-shirts sold around the parish and MCHS coach Christy Theriot was presented with a huge pink T-shirt by her team and parents to recognize her hard work over the past four years raising money for various breast cancer organizations.
Theriot said there isn’t a particular inspiration for the event, but it has grown into a meaningful tradition for her team.
“They told us four years ago we should start having a pink game and we took it to heart,” Theriot said. “All the decorating, the parents and the kids set that up. It’s just everybody on the team. The parents have taken it to heart and it’s one of their favorite things about the whole season. They’re already working on next year’s theme.”
After the first serve by honoree and cancer survivor Cay Price, the team and parents unveiled their gift to Theriot.
“It was pretty neat, that was a surprise,” Theriot said. “I got a little teary-eyed before we got out there — unexpected.”
Morgan City was able to pick up a 3-1 win (25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 25-18) to improve its district record to 3-1, joining Assumption at the top of the standings.
The Lady Tigers rolled to a 25-18 win in the first game but they fell behind early in the second game.
The Lady Gators led 12-7 at one point before Chandler Pasqua split the defense with a kill to break serve.
Sky Acosta tied the game at 14-14 with an ace and a Kailyn Turner kill put MCHS up 16-14. South Terrebonne rallied to tie the game at 20-20 but the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 23-20 lead on an Allie Dragna ace and held on to win on a serve out of bounds for a 25-22 win.
Game three was also close with the teams tied eight times before the Lady Gators pulled away after being tied at 15-15. Theriot called a timeout with MCHS trailing 18-15, but STHS didn’t let up and went on to win 25-20.
Morgan City picked up the intensity in game four with an 8-3 lead early on and led by as much as seven, leading 12-5, but the Lady Gators made a run to cut the lead to 15-13 before the Lady Tigers were able to pull away for a 25-18 win to take the match.
“It wasn’t real pretty, but at this point a win is a win,” Theriot said.
Stats from the game can be found on pg. 7.