LANCASTER — When you have not lost a district game since 1990, not all of the wins are nail-biting, five-game matches.
Such was the case Friday as Red Oak swept Lancaster, 25-6, 25-11, 25-11 to remain perfect in District 15-4A play.
“It’s one of those we just hope to get through with no one getting hurt and everyone getting some playing time,” Lady Hawks head coach Arthur Stanfield said. “We had trouble finding some continuity in the third game without many starters playing, but we did what we needed to.”
The Lady Hawks’ last two wins — sweeps over Ennis and Lancaster — have allowed Stanfield to go deep into his bench at times.
In Tuesday’s third game, only three starters set foot on the court, giving an opportunity for younger players to gain experience.
The inexperience showed early in Game 3 as Lancaster played with Red Oak point-for-point and was within one at 11-10 before the Lady Hawks pulled away.
“When you aren’t used to playing a lot, it takes a while to get your feet wet,” Stanfield said. “Once we got in the swing of things and got comfortable, it went pretty well.”
Freshman Kacie Bird helped the Lady Hawks grab big leads early in the first two games with her serving. Bird served nine straight points to open the first game of the match and five straight in Game 2.
Red Oak plays last place Corsicana Friday before hosting second place Midlothian Tuesday.