Bailey all but carried the Lady Cats down the stretch as they topped the Lady Tigers 25-17, 15-25, 25-18 on Tuesday.
"She was a powerhouse on the net. She's a difference-maker," said Bell County coach Amy Hunt. "That's why she's been captain of the team for two years. It's her senior year and her time to shine and she did it.
"And Lacy Mason did a great job handling the hard serves. The hard serves kept coming and she picked up every one and then we mishandled after that. But she did phenomenal tonight."
Bell jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Jackson County last Tuesday, but fell in the final two games. Bailey made sure there was no similarities this Tuesday.
Neither team could establish a run early in the third and decisive game as the biggest lead of the game came at 12-9 after a Clay error, a Bailey kill and a Luwanna Phipps ace. Another Clay error stretched the lead to four.
The Lady Tigers came back, however, tying the game at 13-13 on a Bell County error and taking the lead one serve later.
The turning point in the match was a Bailey kill that put the Lady Cats on top 16-15.
A Clay error, another Bailey kill and a strong serve by senior Kristen Money pushed the Lady Cats' lead to 19-15.
Clay closed to two, but Angela Turner swatted a big kill, allowing Bailey to take serve.
The senior began with an ace and followed with a deep serve that Clay was unable to return. She followed with back-to-back aces to bring up match point.
Her serve was wide, but Clay served wide immediately thereafter, lifting Bell to the match-clinching 25-18 victory.
"It was a good comeback, even though we shouldn't have had to come back," said Hunt.
Bell looked like a different team down the stretch than the one that allowed Clay to tie the game with a 25-15 win in the second game.
Hunt said neither team played well early and that may have led to her team's Game 2 lethargy.
"We didn't even play in the first game, and neither did Clay," she said. "I think we took that over into the second game. Clay County woke up and we struggled coming from behind."
Bell County (5-8) faces a tough Corbin team on Thursday.
"We're still changing things up every day," said Hunt. "We're still trying to make things happen every game. We're changing the dynamic, changing the rotation. Something new happens every day with us."