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Copperheads sweep Deer Lodge for third time, cruise into 6B title match

Anaconda's Tiora Ferguson, left, and Brianna Puyear put up the block against Deer Lodge at the 6B District tournament Saturday morning. COPPERHEAD COUNTRY/Blake Hempstead

DEER LODGE — Anaconda made short work of Deer Lodge to kick off the 6B District tournament this morning, winning in straight sets 25-13, 25-16, 25-21.

Aubrey Tuss records one of her team high 12 kills Saturday against Deer Lodge. COPPERHEAD COUNTRY/Blake Hempstead

Senior outside hitter Aubrey Tuss recorded 12 of Anaconda’s 29 overall kills while senior Tiora Ferguson dished out 22 of the 27 assists in the victory. Freshman Maniyah Lunceford had a coming-out party of sorts, finishing with a season high five kills, four digs, two blocks and an assist in her first start.

Senior Megan Reich led the team with 13 digs followed by junior libero Malia Harris’ 11. Harris also accounted for five of the teams 12 aces.

Mia Sullivan-Sanders led the team with six blocks, adding four kills, two digs and an aces as well.

Anaconda will now play the winner of Loyola and Florence at 5:30 p.m. Live coverage will be available on copperheadcountry.org.

KILLS — Anaconda 29 (Tuss 12, Lunceford 5, Sullivan-Sanders 4, Reich 3, Puyear 2, Johnson, Harris, Patrick). ASSISTS — Anaconda 27 (Ferguson 22, Harris 2, Lunceford, Patrick, Puyear). DIGS — Anaconda 50 (Reich 13, Harris 11, Tuss 7, DeMarois 7, Lunceford 4, Puyear 3, Sullivan-Sanders 2, Bailey). ACES — Anaconda 12 (Harris 5, Reich 2, Ferguson 2, Lunceford, Sullivan-Sanders, Puyear). BLOCKS — Anaconda 11 (Sullivan-Sanders 6, Bailey 4, Patrick 2, Lunceford 2, Puyear 2, Johnson, Tuss).