The Rowdy Crowd came prepared to make some noise Tuesday night in The Big House, but it was a delayed response. The Rowdy Crowd opted to give the visiting Cimarron Blue Jays a ‘sweet’ start by remaining silent on the first nine points scored by the Liberal Redskins. But when Liberal broke 10, the Rowdy Crowd broke loose as well, and the Redskins jumped out to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter and coasted to a 69-37 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt
Redskins break silence with 69-37 win
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Liberal’s Rowdy Crowd decided to play it cool Tuesday night, remaining silent for the first 10 points.
Kylan Thomas scored first, then a three from Cade Hinkle and two baskets inside by Cole Evans gave the Redskins a 9-0 lead over Cimarron.
A spattering of applause was all that was heard by those who weren’t in on the gag.
Three-and-a-half minutes into the game, Kaiden Bigham dropped a three-pointer to give the Redskins a 12-0 lead, and the Rowdy Crowd erupted, their vow of silence satisfied. With a frenzied student section behind them, the Redskins continued to cruise by the Blue Jays in a 69-37 romp even with standout Deladris Green in dress clothes on the bench.
The off-court theatrics didn’t extend to only the Rowdy Crowd. The Redskin cheerleaders waved pom poms and did their dance moves early, but made no sound. Even ‘That’ Liberal Band made the motions of playing during the starting line-up announcements, but no sound was made.
After Bigham’s three, however, the decibel level shot up, and Markalyn Eatmon added another three seconds later, and by the end of the first quarter, Liberal led 25-8.
Three more long balls in the second kept the Rowdy Crowd at a fevered pitch in the second quarter, and by halftime, Liberal led 40-19.
By the opening moments of the fourth quarter, Liberal had achieved a 30-point lead, enacting the running clock for the second time this season (the first against Hays), and the Redskins breezed to a Valentine’s Day win, 69-37.
With Green resting a soft ankle, Eatmon helped fill the gap with 12 points, all threes. Thomas and Evans worked the paint for 11 points each, and five different players hit three pointers on a night the Redskins made nine of 17 from downtown.
“That was fun,” Liberal coach Scott Hinkle said of the silent treatment. “I knew they were going to do that. You hope it turns out the way it did.”
With the outside shots falling, that eased Hinkle’s minds of having Green on the bench.
“When those shots fall early, you can take a deep breath,” he said. “If the shots are falling, then we will be ok. When we give up 10-11 rebounds that Lad averages, you have to come up with other things, and hitting those outside shots took care of that.”
Liberal (15-2, 4-1) will host Western Athletic Conference foe Great Bend in a special Homecoming tile Saturday.