February 19th, 2019

katiethumbsupKatie Horyna signals the play with a thumbs up Saturday during Homecoming in The Big House. Horyna scored 15 points in a 65-21 win over Great Bend. L&T photo/Earl Watt

The Lady Redskins won their third consecutive Western Athletic Conference title Saturday with  dominating 65-21 win over Great Bend on Homecoming in The Big House.

Machia Mullens scored 19 points, and Katie Horyna chipped in 15 in the blowout win.

Whitney Hay connected on four three pointers in the third quarter for 12 points, and Reagan Watt reached double digits with 10.

But it was the defense that disrupted the Lady Panthers all night, and turnovers turned into transition points for the Lady Redskins.

Mullens scored nine of her 19 points in the first quarter, and Horyna added a bucket to give the Lady Redskins an early 11-4 lead.

Horyna took over in the second quarter with transition baskets and drives through the lane for 11 points in the period.

By halftime, Liberal had a 28-10 lead, and Hay had the big third quarter, dropping three straight threes to mather her sister Reece who accomplished the same feat against Hays, and Whitney Hay added another three later in the period that was part of a 30-3 run, and the Class 6A No. 2 Lady Redskins took a 52-16 lead, enacting the running clock in the fourth quarter.

Coach Carter Kruger played the entire bench, and Halle Payton took advantage of her opportunity with a three to go along with a basket form Shatarrika Ross.

The Lady Redskins coasted to a 65-21 win to move to 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, enough to guarantee the WAC title remained in Liberal for another year.

“We played a solid game,” Kruger said. “We didn’t shoot it great in the first half, but in the second half our offense clicked and defensively we controlled them all night.”

Senior Kim Alarcon didn’t score, but she forced several turnovers and was crowned Homecoming Queen after the game.

“She’s a kid everybody loves,” Kruger said. “She brings energy, and she is a great teammate in every sport. She is the kind of kid you want to have on your team.”

The Lady Redskins moved to 18-0 with the win.

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Syris Dunlap gets up in the air for a sho against Great Bend Saturday in The Big House. Dunlap scored [ ... ]