May 21st, 2019

machiapointsMachia Mullens points to seniro Kim Alarcon after receiving a pass and making a basket while being fouled Tuesday night in The Big House. Mullens scored 18 points to lead the Class 6A No. 2 Lady Redskins to a 55-35 win which secured Liberal the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Lady Redskins will find out later today who will be their opponent in Sub-State, and the Lady Redskins will host the first round in The Big House Feb. 28. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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With the final seocnds ticking off the clock, the Rowdy Crowd started that chant, something that has never been heard for a Lady Redskin basketball team in The Big House.

But for the first time ever, the Lady Redskins put together a perfect 20-0 regular season after knocking off Garden City 55-35.

Machia Mullens dominated in the paint, scoring 18 points, and standout point guard Katie Horyna dropped 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

The win not only completed the school’s first-ever perfectregular season, but it also completed a perfect 8-0 run in the Western Athletic Conference, the team’s third straight conference title, and it also secured the Lady Redskins the top seed in the post season.

Seniors Kim Alarcon and Whitney Hay each hit threes in the win.

“We lacked a little energy and focus in the first half,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said after taking a 28-20 lead at the break. “Defensively we gave them some opportunities. But credit Garden City, they made shots.”

Liberal only allowed 15 points in the second half in a special game for seniors Hay and Alarcon.

“The enthusiasm they bring and type of teammates they are, it’s infectious,” Kruger said. “I have realy grown attached to those two. They have great things ahead of them. I hope to coach them for a couple more weeks.”

And Mullens drew heavy defensive pressure.

“They put three people on Machia,” Kruger said “It was hard to get her the ball. But we had other kids step up. Our defense got us going in the fourth, and we were ablee put some points up.”

The defense has been key in the 20-0 run.

“We did a better job of playing to our principles, not getting beat on back doors,” Kruger said. “Then we made it tougher on Garden.”

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