By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
For a quarter and a half, the Lady Redskins fired shot after shot only to see the ball clang off the rim and land in the hands of a Sunrise Christian Academy defender.
But Liberal never stopped shooting, and eventually the shots began to fall, the Lady Redskins began to rebound, and defensive pressure for the game into a chaotic pace that the Lady Redskins used to overcome a 12-point deficit to earn a 56-47 win Saturday night at the Big House.
Liberal's spark came from the supportive cast of Megan Campbell and Malyssa Williams.
Trailing 19-11, the Lady Redskins were able to trim the lead to six when Campbell hit a critical three-pointer. That sparked a 7-0 run that helped cut the lead to 19-17.
Early in the second half the Lady Redskins were down by three when Williams stole the ball and hit a lay-up to reduce the score to 23-22. On the very next possession, Williams again stole a pass and hit Justice Norah with a pass on the fast break for a lay-up that gave the Lady Redskins their first lead of the game.
Sunrise regained the lead at 30-28, but Campbell again fired a three-point shot from the left side and drained it to put the Lady Redskins back on top.The two teams traded the lead seven times in the second half, but a 14-4 run in the final three and a half minutes sealed the win for the Lady Redskins.
“Megan played her best game of the season,” Liberal coach Shane Stout said. “Not only those two threes, but she rebounded well.”
Norah had a career high 31 points, and Kayla Payton scored 11 including three threes.
“Tonight we redeemed ourselves,” Stout said. “We got down, but really did a nice job of fighting our way back. Sunrise put it to us earlier in the season.”
After trimming the lead in the first half, Stout thought the effort early in the second half was key.
“We talked about continuing to outplay them in the second half, and I thought we did,” he said. “It was a matter of digging ourselves out of that hole.”