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Big House was rockin’ Saturday night PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 07:54


• Leader & Times

From the time I was in ‘That’ Liberal Band in the 1980s and covering local sports for the past 25 years, there are only a handful of times I can remember the excitement inside The Big House like I saw Saturday night in the Sub-State championship game between the Lady Redskins and the Goddard Lady Lions.

As far as girls games, nothing compares.

altBack in 1986, the gym wasn’t called The Big House, but the Redskins won their final game in front of a packed house to advance to the Class 5A State Tournament, and they went on to win the state title.

After that, there were some individual moments that brought fans to their feet — monster dunks from Martin Lewis and Melvin Sanders come to mind.

A few years ago, Cade Hinkle drained several threes in a game that electrified the crowd.

But the best individual moment I can remember was a coast-to-coast move by Marquez Patterson against Hays.

With only 3.2 seconds left to play, and the Redskins trailing by a point, Patterson took the inbound pass on the move and pounded the ball on the hardwood, flew the length of the court to the lane and launched a floater as time expired while the ball was in the air. It brushed off the glass and into the net for a Redskin win, and the fans rushed the court.

But for the Lady Redskins, Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Goddard for a trip to the state tournament may have been the most exciting girls game in Big House history.

The Rowdy Crowd chanted, ‘That’ Liberal Band was in rare form, the cheerleaders and dance team were on hand, and a large crowd came out on a Saturday night to support the Lady Redskins.

Coach Carter Kruger was the first to admit the Lady Red didn’t play their best game.

Several shots clanked off the rim in the first half, and every three-point attempt in the first half missed the mark.

Despite the struggles, the Lady Redskins still built a six-point halftime lead, and Machia Mullens finally broke through from deep with a three early in the second half to give the Lady Redskins a nine-point lead.

But the crowd was silenced when Goddard put together a 12-0 run to take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The lead changed hands three times, and a pair of Ali Lucero free throws brought the crowd back to its feet, where they stayed for much of the final four minutes.

Moments later, Whitney Hay connected on a three, Lucero followed with a right corner three, and the crowd continued to push the Lady Redskins on to victory.

It will go down as one of the biggest moments in Liberal High School sports history.




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