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Horyna erupts for 24, Lady Redskins top Cimarron 61-27 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:26

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Katie Horyna dribbles against a Cimarron defender Tuesday in Cimarron. Horyna scored 24 points in a 61-27 blowout win for the Class 5A No. 3 Lady Redskins. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

CIMARRON — Another strong defensive night coupled with an explosion by Katie Horyna led to a 61-27 blowout win for the Class 5A No. 3 Lady Redskins Tuesday against the Cimarron Lady Blue Jays.

The Lady Redskins started to pour it on early with inside baskets from Machia Mullens and a three from Horyna

Whitney Hay and Audrey Gilmore also scored, and the Lady Redskins had an early 11-2 lead.

The Lady Redskins stretched the lead to 16-4 before Taylor Jantz heaved a half court shot at the buzzer that banked in for the Lady Blue Jays to cut Liberal’s lead to 16-7.

While the crowd erupted after the shot, the Lady Redskins smiled.

“I thought we handled that well,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said. “We haven’t had a half court shot in my three years here. But our girls just shrugged it off and moved on to the next play, which is what we have to do..”

And they moved on a big way.

Hay answered early in the second quarter with a Lady Redskin three, and throughout the second quarter the Lady Redskins added three long-range bombs.

Cimarron was unable to turn the half-court three into sustainable momentum, and a stout Liberal defense coupled with some missed shots limited the Lady Blue Jays to only six points in the period.

But with long-range shots falling to go along with break-away lay-ups, the Lady Redskins stretched out to a 33-13 halftime lead.

The third quater ahs been a strong period for the Lady Redskins all season, and Tuesday was no different.

And a big part of the 20-point explosion in the third quarter was Horyna.

The second-half surge cane with a more aggressive drive to the basket from the standout sophomore, and she finished fast breaks with baskets and in one case a pair of free throws.

Horyna scored 12 of the 20 points in the period, and Cimarron only answered with eight points, giving the Lady Redskins a 53-21 lead.

That forced a running clock in the fourth quarter, and Kruger was able to clear the bench and get playing time for all of the Lady Redskins. Even with the reserves, the Lady Redskins were able to maintain their lead and earn the 61-27 win.

Horyna dominated the scoring with 24. Lucero had nine, and Hay had eight. Mullens and Reagan Watt each scored six in the blowout win.

“From the opening tip until the last second ticked off, we played Lady Red style,” Kruger said. “We were aggressive on both ends of the floor. That led to some easy baskets, and when we play aggressively like that we tend to shoot better as well. We did a nice job knocking shots down when we got our opportunities.”

Even with the big win, Kruger is trying to position his team for something larger at the end of the season, and he worked a full court press to see how his team would be able to defend the full length of the court.

“We know we have a long way to go when the playoffs start,” Kruger said. “We have a long way to go with our pressure. We have to get good enough to do that in games coming up, but we took a great first step, and we played through some mistakes and were abel to get quite a few turnovers pressing them.”

Teams can expect to see more pressure from the Lady Redskins the rest of the season.

“We know we want to play aggressive like we did tonight,” Kruger said. “You will probably see a little more pressing. I think offensively we will always be a work in progress since we are this young. But I was encouraged on how we were able to get shots  and how aggressive our guards were penetrating when they took away our post game tonight.”

The Lady Redskins (16-1) will travel to Great Bend Saturday to face the Lady Panthers in a Western Athletic Conference game.

 

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