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August 26th, 2019

katiedrivedodgeLiberal’s Katie Horyna splits two Dodge City defenders for a shot Saturday in The Big House. Horyna scored 14 points to lead the Class 6A No. 2 Lady Redskins to a 47-36 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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The Class 6A No. 2 Lady Redskins remained perfect Saturday after knocking off Western Athletic Conference rival Dodge City 47-36, but it was not their most impressive performance of the season.

After coming off a strong game Friday night in Hays, the Lady Redskins made the three-hour bus ride home before playing a mid-afternoon game saturday against Dodge City, and the Lady Redskins never appeared to hit their usual rhythm.

Still, the Lady Redskins were able to build an early lead after the Lady Red Demons opened the game with a three. The Lady Redskins scored the next 13 points of the game including a three from Whitney Hay and two baskets from Katie Horyna.

Machia Mullens got on the board in the second quarter, but the Lady Redskins allowed the Lady Red Demons to keep pace, and by halftime the Lady Redskins had a 22-13 lead.

Liberal dominated third quarters throughout the season, but not Saturday. The Lady Redskin offense struggled to get breakaway baskets, and the Dodge City offense seemed to content to hold the ball, limiting possessions for the Lady Redskins.

By the end of the third quarter, the two teams each scored eight points, and Liberal continued to maintain a nine-point lead, 30-21.

Dodge City cut the lead to four before the Lady Redskins were able to convert 12 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to go along with a Horyna three and two from Mullens, and the Lady Redskins pushed back to a double-digit lead and a 47-36 win.

Horyna had two threes and led the Lady Redskins with 15 points. Mullens scored 12.

“It was good for us to play a game we needed to finish strong and win at the free throw line,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said. “I was proud of the kids for doing that. We played sloppy after the first quarter. It was a struggle getting going after last night, but we gutted it out.”

Kruger was pleased with the play of Audrey Gilmore who scored seven points including four clutch free throws in the fourth quarter.

“Audrey played really well,” he said. “She gave us seven points and knocked down free throws and was being aggressive. We need her to attack the rim.”

With Dodge City playing at a slow pace, Kruger said that the Lady Redskins can expect more of that as a way to limit their high-octane offense.

“We will see that at Sub State,” he said. “Teams will do that to us. It amplifies every time you get the ball. You have to get a quality shot, and if you don’t, you won’t feel good about it.”

The Lady Redskins (16-0, 5-0) return to The Big House Tuesday to host the Cimarron Lady Blue Jays in a non-conference match-up. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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