Liberal breaks box and 1 in 59-47 win
Saturday, 15 January 2011 13:06
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Scott City had the right idea Friday night. They knew Justice Norah was Liberal’s leading scorer. They knew they would have to stop her if they were going to have a chance to win.
But knowing that the storm is coming in doesn’t keep it from coming.
Despite playing a box and one and trying to keep the ball out of Norah’s hands, the Liberal junior scored 31 points to lead the Lady Redskins to a 59-47 win at Scott City.
Emily Hess was assigned the responsibility of stopping Norah, but it was like asking the wind not to blow in Southwest Kansas.
“They played a box and one the entire game,” Liberal coach Shane Stout said. “We were having success, and I thought they might change to a zone, but they stayed in the box and one from the first possession to the last.”
With Norah in a one-on-one situation, she racked up the points, and early on Scott City did, too.
In a fast-paced game with a high number of possessions for each team, Scott City connected on two three pointers in the first quarter and hit two long-range two pointers to help the Lady Beavers take a 16-15 lead.
But Scott City wouldn’t hit another three pointer the rest of the night, and Stout brough in Marisol Regalado in the second quarter to add another threat underneath the basket. With Norah slashing and big post Regalado inside, Liberal took a 28-24 lead at half.
The Lady Redskins continued to outpace the Lady Beavers in the third quarter with a 17-10 advantage and was able to finish off the fourth quarter for the 59-47 win. Regalado came off the bench to score 10 points to go along with Norah’s 31.
Lauren Sumner added seven, Megan Campbell scored five, Destiny Hall had four and Emily Bayouth scored two.
Liberal (5-4, 1-1) will travel to Colby Thursday to play in the Orange & Black Classic and will play the host team at 6:30 p.m.