Norah scores career high 36 in 56-42 win
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 12:57
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
After ending 2010 with a disappointing loss to Perryton, the Lady Redskins opened 2011 with a bang.
Liberal’s Justice Norah scored 36 points in a 56-42 rout over Ulysses Tuesday. The offensive onslaught may be a record for a Lady Redskin in a single game.
And she only played a little more than three quarters.
Most of Norah’s points came from the Lady Redskin defense. Liberal forced Ulysses into turnovers and fast breaks, and Norah was able to score lay-ups.
But Norah was also six of eight from the free throw line and connected on two three-point shots.
With a 22-point lead, Norah watched most of the fourth quarter form the bench.
“We played pretty well for two or three quarters,” Liberal coach Shane Stout said. “Defensively, we were solid. That led to a lot of easy baskets.”
Liberal was behind early 4-2, but the Lady Redskins started to pressure the ball and force turnovers, and by the end of the first quarter Liberal had a 16-8 lead.
Liberal continued to outpace the Lady Tigers, and in the third quarter Liberal outscored Ulysses 18-8.
Stout was able to make substitutions the rest of the way in the 14-point win.
“We gave up a few too many easy shots at the end, but not a bad effort,” Stout said.
The first game of the new year allowed Stout to test the new offensive sets he implemented during the break.
“We put in several new offensive sets and worked on some things,” he said. “We have a different look defensively. It’s a new year, it’s a good way to start. We could have played better at times, but we will take it.”
Along with Norah’s 36 points were Kirsten Ross and Destiny Hall with six each, Lauren Sumner scored five and Emily Bayouth had three.
Liberal (3-3) will head to Hays Friday to open the Western Athletic Conference schedule, and Stout is not expecting the same number of turnovers from the Lady Indians that Ulysses committed.
“There’s never an easy game in the WAC,” Stout said. “It’s always tough when you play a Hays team. Their record may not be great, but they seem to be a good team at home.”
Hays has held its opponents to an average of 36 points per game.
“We have to be ready to play,” Stout said. “They may be the best team we’ve seen so far.”
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