By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Before the season started, Liberal coach Shane Stout was not sure what kind of team he was going to have.
“We might win them all, we might lose them al,” he said.
Only five games into the season, Liberal won’t win them all, having lost to Sunrise, but they won’t lose them all, either.
After Friday night’s overtime victory at Hays, it certainly appears they may win more than they lose, and they have taken an early lead in the race for the Western Athletic Conference title.
Much of the early success for the 4-1 Lady Redskins is coming from sophomore Justice Norah who led the Lady Redskins in the 62-58 overtime win with 25 points.
Senior Kayla Payton also had a big night for the Lady Redskins, scoring 18.
Malyssa Williams added six, Destiny Hall scored four as did Kirsten Ross, Sherika Sanchez had three, and Kayla Varnes scored two.
Liberal took control early, jumping out to a 16-11 lead after the first quarter and holding a 26-19 advantage at half.
Liberal continued to dominate to start the second half and jumped out to a 14-point lead.
But the Lady Indians surged and cut the Lady Redskins lead to 41-36 after the third quarter. The Hays rally continued, and by the end of regulation the Lady Indians had caught the Lady Redskins, 52-52.
Liberal was able to outscore the Lady Indians 10-6 in the extra four-minute period to earn the 62-58 win.
“Give Hays credit, they fought back,” Stout said. “I really thought we were one basket or two baskets away from blowing the game open. Hays hit some shots, and made it an exciting game. We played real well in overtime and down the stretch. We handled ourselves pretty well.”
The win gave the Lady Redskins an early 1-0 WAC record which tied the with Dodge City. Garden City is 1-1 while Great Bend and Hays are each 0-1. Liberal travels to Garden Tuesday.