By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
When Jai Chapman attempted a three pointer in the second quarter and fell to the court after having contact with Bartlesville player, Liberal coach Bill Baird asked if a foul had been committed. The response was no.
On the next trip up the court, Justice Norah headed to the basket with only one Bartlseville player trailing, and when Norah put up the shot she, too, went to the court after contact.
While her teammate Chapman was abel to get up after contact in a physical game, Norah could not.
Liberal went on to lose the game 59-28, but the loss of Norah may have meant more to the Lady Redskins season than the one game against the Lady Bruins.
“I give a lot of credit to Bartlesville,” Baird said. “They have a great program, probably the best team we will play all year.”
Liberal struggled to limit Paige Wilson who scored 23 for the Lady Bruins.
“She is very skilled,” Baird said. “They play basketball year round in Oklahoma, and it shows.”
Before Norah’s injury, the Lady Redskins trailed by eight points. Chapman missed a three-point attempt, and Norah missed her final lay-up shot before going down hard on the court.
Bartlseville stretch the lead to 11 by half.
Liberal only managed to score 11 more points in the game while Bartlesville added 31 more.
Chapman led the Lady Redskins with nine points, Norah had seven and Shaquille Bond had six.
“I was proud of our girls the first half,” Bard said. “We had a tough injury. We are hoping for the best.”
Liberal (1-2) will travel to Gruver, texas, for a game Tuesday. Baird said the process of gaining experience will continue.
“Ultimately, we are learning to get chemistry through passing, catching, and trying to become quarterbacks,” he said. “There are flashes of improvement. It’s just going to take time.”