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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:39

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Jordan Mendoza puts up a shot against Garden City Tuesday night in Garden City. The Redskins lost 54-38. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

GARDEN CITY — With very little varsity experience on this year’s team, the Liberal Redskins are having to get on-the-job training, and Tuesday’s 54-38 loss in Garden City was an example.

Full court pressure and a stifling defense coupled with the undersized Redskins giving up second-chance shot from offensive rebounds by Garden City highlighted coach Ryan Petty’s challenge of getting his team prepared for varsity level competition after following a season that graduated 10 seniors from the squad.

Tristen Bigham led the Redskins with nine points, and Liberal had reduced Garden City’s lead to three points twice in the third quarter.

But a 20-3 run put the game out of reach.

“Garden didn’t play very well,” Petty said. “They missed a ton of shots, but we didn’t rebound the basketball. They missed and got rebounds and got easy bunnies. Late in the third, we got it to three, but we didn’t secure a rebound, then they got it to eight or nine and then it fell out from under us.”

The rebounds heavily favored the Buffaloes.

“We didn’t compete well on the glass at all,” Petty said. “We have to get tougher. Our guys are getting pushed around and not securing the rebound. Our guards have to come in and secure the rebound. We did not do that tonight.”

Petty also believed the defense did a good job of taking Garden City out of what they wanted to do.

“We were guarding them,” he said. “We were throwing a lot of different things at them, and they couldn’t score, except on rebounds.”

Liberal (3-5, 0-2) will look to get a Western Athletic Conference win at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the Redskins host Dodge City in The Big House.


 

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