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END WITH A WIN — Lady Redskins take third at State PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 March 2018 19:08


Audrey Gilmore gets by the Maize defense for a shot in the third place game Saturday in Topeka. Gilmore hit two shots in the final quarter to help Liberal earn a 43-37 win for a third place finish at state. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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TOPEKA — For the young Lady Redskins, their dream of winning a state championship may have faded with a semi-final loss, but they didn’t let that hold them back in the consolation game against Maize, and despite only scoring three points in the first quarter, the Lady Redskins fought off a late rally by the Maize Lady Eagles to claim the third place trophy with a 43-37 win.

Liberal built a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter by forcing Maize to foul. After Katie Horyna hit one of her two attempts with 6:18 to play, the Lady Redskins had a 30-23 lead.

But Maize responded with a pair of free throws, and they started to use long range bombs to rally. Halie Jones hit two threes for the Lady Eagles, and with 3:17 to play, Liberal’s lead was gone after Sydney Holmes dropped a three, and the game was tied, 36-36.

But on the inbounds, Jones reached over the boundary and was called for a technical.

Mullens dropped both shots, and after a defensive stop by the Lady Redskins, Audrey Gilmore drove the baseline for a basket, and with 2:05 to play, Liberal had a 40-36 lead.

Maize added a free throw in the final minute, but the Lady Redskins started to work the clock, and Horyna made three of four free throws late to secure the 43-37 win.

Lucero ended her career as a Lady Redskin with nine points, all three pointers. Coach Carter Kruger also sent Tania Minjarez, a senior reserve, in to the game in the final seconds so she could be on the floor when the Lady Redskins won.

Mullens turned in a double double, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring 12 points to lead the Lady Redskins including a perfect eight for eight at the free throw line in a physical battle that send Liberal to the free throw line 23 times.

Liberal did not have a strong shooting day, but 15 offensive rebounds provided second chances.

Horyna and Gilmore each scored seven points, and Whitney Hay had six.

Reagan Watt scored two.

“Our kids are awesome,” Kruger said. “We have a great group of girls. They love to play, to compete, and they got after it tonight. All the progress we’ve shown from last year to this year has been great.”

Despite the late tie, Kruger had confidence in his Lady Redskins.

“We’ve been in a few tight games recently,” he said. “We pulled them out in the fourth quarter. We had awesome plays from Audrey — she got two huge baskets in the fourth, and we shot free throws. We wanted to win, and it showed in how we played.”

After being limited on getting to the free throw line against Bishop Carroll the night before, the Lady Redskins forced the issue Saturday, driving to the basket and forcing Maize to foul.

“We were tough,” Kruger said. “We were aggressive, and we got to the line. We weren’t as aggressive yesterday.”

Gilmore had two big shots in the fourth quarter for the Lady Redskins, and Kim Alarcon provided energy for the Lady Redskins. But Kruger’s two seniors, Lucero and Minjarez, each contributed to this year’s success as well.

“They’ve been the heartbeat of our team,” Kruger said. “ Ali has been so consistent as a player. Tania developed into the heart of the team. She brings energy and excitement to be here every day. You have leadership and great team players in those two seniors. It’s a small group, but they are special.”

And the Lady Redskins were already looking ahead, wanting to get back next season with a large group of returners that now have state tournament experience.

Kruger said first it was time to live in the moment.

“We are going to enjoy this,” he said. “I usually tell them we take a day. We might take the whole spring break after this one. There will be more work to be done to be like Maize. They’ve been here eight out of nine years.”

For Sophomore Mullens who had to battle extreme pressure in the paint, she fought through and wanted her team to fight all the way to the final next season. 

“We had to push through,” Mullens said who didn’t have a foul until the fourth quarter. “The refs were letting us play. Next year we want to take first, that’s our goal We want to come back and dominate.”

Kruger also wanted to recognize his staff and their role in preparing the Lady Redskins.

“I need to give credit to the coaching staff,” he said. “They give a lot of themselves to these kids and our program.”

Like his players, Kruger was also looking ahead.

“We want to get back,” he said. “We start by winning some tournaments this summer.”


The Lady Redskins take third at state. L&T photo/Earl Watt




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