May 21st, 2019

sumnerdefendedBrody Sumner attempts to make a shot around a Garden City defender Wednesday in the first round of Sub-State. Sumner was one of several Redskins who did not score, and the Redskins fell 48-30 to end their seaosn at 10-11. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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GARDEN CITY — After playing the Garden City Buffaloes to overtime a week ago, the Redskins fell behind early and never recovered in a 48-30 loss to the Buffaloes in the first round of Sub-State Wednesday.

After balanced scoring all season, Hunter hatcher, Jordan Mendoza, Braxton Hyde and Brody Sumner failed to score against fierce Buffalo defense coupled with missed shots.

Israel Avalos continued to show improvement and scored 10 points along with 10 points from Syris Dunlap to lead the Redskins, but the lack of offense allowed Garden City to build a 9-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Avalos and Dunlap combined for a 7-0 run to bring the Redskins back to within two, 11-9, and after the Buffaloes stretched the lead back to six, Dunlap cut it in half with a three, 15-12.

But the Buffaloes ended the half on an 8-0 run to take a 23-12 lead.

Liberal cut the lead back to five with 4:18 to play in the third quarter after Avalos hit a putback basket inside, but Garden City responded with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 32-30 early in the fourth quarter.

Garden City continued to outpace the Redskins in the fourth quarter, putting together an 11-3 run to push the lead to 20, 43-23 with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins could only trim two points off the lead, and the Redskins ended their season with a 48-30 loss.

“They took us out of everything we wanted to do,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “We worked on dribbling guys off, and we didn’t execute.”

The game was slow for both teams early.

“But we were sleepwalking more,” Petty said. “We didn’t shoot it well, but we weren’t getting shots. We were turning it over and making silly plays.”

Still, the Redskins were able to get back in the game to start the third quarter. 

“We came out of the half and scored the first six,” Petty said. “But then we gave up a couple easy ones, they get an and-one on a three. We thought we needed to jump on them early, but we were even worse scoring than they were.”

The lack of offense started to take its toll.

“This was one of the poorest offensive games we’ve played all season long,” Petty said. “We didn’t put ourselves in good positions early. And when we did, we didn’t shoot it well.”

Liberal ended 10-11 after a 5-1 start.

“We started the year off well, but I was really disappointed how we finished in the WAC,” Petty said. “There were three one-possession games we lost. I’m glad we made some progress, but we want to win games like this.”

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