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June 17th, 2019

machiamullensMachia Mullens looks up to the basket before taking a shot against Garden City Tuesday at The Garden. Mullens scored 17 points to lead the Lady Redskins to a 53-22 rout. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

Leader & Times

GARDEN CITY — Liberal scored the first nine points of Tuesday’s Western Athletic Conference clash with Garden City and never looked back, running away with a 53-22 win.

The Lady Redskins dominated the first half at both ends of the floor, scoring 37 point while holding Garden City to five.

Whitney Hay and Katie Horyna each connected on threes in the first quarter, and Horyna scored nine of her 13 points in the period to help the Lady redskins jump out to an 18-4 lead.

The Lady Redskins had a 13-0 run in the first half that pushed the lead to 26-4 that included a three form Mullens and a three from Reece Hay. 

Garden City’s Simone Simmons made a free throw to end Liberal’s run, but it was the only point in the second quarter for the Lady Buffaloes.

Liberal ended the half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-5 lead.

The Lady Redskins continued to dominate on defense in the second half and built a 44-7 lead, their biggest of the game.

Garden City did not reach double-digit scoring until the final 2:45 of the third quarter when Julie Calzonetti hit a three to cut Liberal’s lead to 46-10.

Calzonetti hit another three for the Lady Buffs and added a basket, and by the end of the third Liberal led 48-15.

With a 33-point lead in the fourth quarter, the running clock was implemented, and the Lady Redskins starters saw limited action.

Liberal coasted to the 53-22 win and moved to 8-0 overall, 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Mullens led the way with 17 points, Horyna had 13, and Reagan Watt had a career-high 12 points.

“We were locked in,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said. “I don’t consider us a great team right now, but we talked about what great teams do, and they start fast and keep that intensity going throughout the game. They have taken a step toward being a great team, but we aren’t there.”

Horyna and Mullens continued to be the scoring leaders for the Lady Redskins, something that Kruger has come to expect.

“It’s nice knowing you can count on two kids getting double figures each and every night,” he said. “We shot well. Whitney and Aubrey made some shots. We have kids doing things that make us good. Kim Alarcon and Audrey Gilmore make us solid all around and are some of the better defenders you will see, and they can be big scorers on any given night.”

defensively, Kruger credited his assistant for preparing the scouting report.

“Our coaches work hard on scouting reports,” he said. “A lot of people don’t think about that, but you have to be ready for that opponent. Our coaches put us in a good position defensively. We controlled what they wanted to do. And they missed some shots and didn’t play as well as they can. We will have to be ready next time we see them.”

Liberal will travel to Dodge City Friday in another key WAC match-up.

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