By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Lady Redskins have used quick starts in their last three games two earn wins, but a slow start against Garden City coupled with excessive turnovers snapped the Liberal wining streak with a 58-40 loss to the Lady Buffaloes Tuesday in Garden City.
The Lady Redskins had been handling the full court press for the last three games, but against Garden City, the press led to turnovers and easy baskets.
Not only did Garden City take advantage of the turnovers, but they were on fire from the field. Garden City was three-for-three from beyond the arc in the first quarter that helped the Lady Buffaloes jump out to a 23-7 lead.
Liberal’s defense improved in the second quarter by holding the Lady Buffaloes scoreless for almost four minutes, but the Lady Redskins only scored four points to trim the lead to 23-11.
Garden City then went on an 8-0 run in only 1:18 to take a 31-11 lead.
By halftime, Garden City had a 38-14 advantage.
Liberal’s third quarter was much better, and it came while Garden City continued to press the Lady Redskins and played all its starters.
The two teams matched point for point in the third quarter, 11-11, but Garden City was able to maintain the 24-point lead.
Garden City’s Jaymie Bernbeck scored the last of her 24 points with 4:59 to play, and the Lady Redskins were able to trim the advantage to 18 by the time the final buzzer sounded, 58-40.
“I felt like we came out nervous and apprehensive,” Liberal coach Bill Baird said. “We turned the ball over, they took us out of our offense. I called time outs right in a row to get us settled down. We were anxious and too nervous. We felt like we could play with them, we still do, we didn’t hang our heads. We had a sour taste in our mouth. We could play with these girls. We just gave them too many possessions off turnovers, and they got better shots inside. Jai needed to jump off two feet, that would have controlled her body. If you go off one foot in traffic, good things won’t go your way.”
Chapman scored 21 points, and Jada Mickens had nine.
For Baird, he also saw some positive signs.
“We tied in the third and won the fourth,” he said. “But we have to handle pressure better.”
Liberal (3-5, 1-1) will travel to Colby Jan. 23 for the Orange and Black Classic.
Great Bend 2-0 6-1
Garden City 2-1 5-3
Liberal 1-1 3-5
Dodge City 0-1 3-3
Hays 0-2 0-8
Garden City 58, Liberal 40
Great Bend 70, Hays 43