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December 13th, 2019
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No. 5 Lady Redskins use 10-0 run to crush Hugoton

katieinlaneKatie Horyna charges through the lane for two of her 17 points against Hugoton Tuesday in The Big House. Liberal won 59-43. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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After Hugoton cut the Lady Redskin lead to nine late in the third quarter, a scramble for a loose ball ended up in the hands of Liberal’s Katie Horyna, who fired up a three that swished through the net and drew a technical foul from Hugoton coach Emmanuel Adigun. The play sparked a 10-0 run for the Lady Redskins, and the cruised to a 59-43 win.

The loose ball battle changed hands from four different players before an outlet pass finally ended up in the hands of Horyna. Adigun either waned a foul called or a travel when the Lady Redskins picked up the loose ball for the outlet pass from being down on the court.

Machia Mullens sunk both free throws on the technical, and Bree Horyna followed with another three to give the Lady Redskins a 37-20 lead.

The Lady Redskins stopped Hugoton on the next possession, and Mullens was fouled on  shot attempt. She sunk both free throws to give the Lady Redskins a 39-20 lead.

Hugoton responded with a three, but Horyna drove through the lane for a basket, and Reagan Watt scored on a put-back to give the Lady Redskins a 20-point lead late in the third quarter, 43-23.

Hugoton ended the period with a three and tried to use the long ball to get back in the gane in the fourth by connecting on four threes in the final eight minutes.

But the Lady Redskins matched the Lady Eagles with four threes of their own in the period with one from Mullens, two from Reece Hay nd another in the final minute from Katie Horyna.

The two teams combined for 20 threes in the game, 11 for the Lady Redskins and nine for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Redskins may have stretched out to a comfortable lead in the second half, but the Lady Eagles kept the game close for most of the first half.

Both teams started slow, and midway through the first quarter the game wa tied 4-4.

Audrey Gilmore broke the stalemate with Liberal’s first three of the game, and Mullens added a bucket before the period ended to give the Lady Redskins a 9-4 lead.

But the Lady Eagles kept the Liberal lead at five for the first three minutes of the second half and cut it to three after a free throw made the score 11-8.

Aubrey Warden made a basket to push the lead back to five, and Gilmore again gave rhe Lady Redskins a cushion by nailing another three for a 16-8 Liberal lead.

Warden added a pair of free throws to give the Lady Redskins their first double digit lead, and they maintained a nine point lead at half.

Mullens opened the second half with a three, and Horyna also connected from outside the arc to push the lead to 29-14.

Hugoton scored the next six points to cut the lead back to nine before the melee for the loose ball ended with a Horyna three and Hugoton technical.

Horyna led the Lady Redskins with 17 points, and Mullens added 12. Gilmore scored nine with three three pointers.

“You have to give a ton of credit to Hugoton,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said. “They played hard with a ton of energy. They will be a problem for people. They forced turnovers. Those are some things we need to clean up. It was a good win.”

Gilmore’s first-half shots made a big difference.

“Those were huge shots early,” Kruger said. “They opened up the score and gave us some breathing room. The one in the second was monumental. It was good seeing Gilmore play with confidence.”

For Kruger, the game didn’t resemble the 

They played hard and had about as many offensive rebounds and we had defensive.

“This reminded me of a March game,” he said. “It was well played in terms of both teams not fouling but playing physical. You have to love it when it happens. Our kids handled it the right way, and it will only make us better.”

And it will prepare Liberal for their next game against Olathe.

“We had to guard the ball tonight,” Kruger said. “We will play a similar team in Olathe.”

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Compromise essential to American success

L&T Publisher Earl Watt


I enjoy visiting with Merle Roberts about politics. We tend to arrive at the same location even if we take different roads. But Mr. Roberts shares a scenario which concerns me about why the partisanship is so high in this country, and he nailed it when comparing the difference between consensus and compromise.

Mr. Roberts believes the road to consensus involves “logic, common sense and critical thinking.” And it should. But what do you do with two groups of people who use logic, common sense and critical thinking to arrive at two different conclusions?

The flaw in those who believe consensus is the only path forward is it requires the rejection of all ideas outside of their own.

Mr. Roberts said if we want to see how the country should be operated, we should look to our founding documents, and that is where the proof can be found of the danger of a consensus.

Our founders locked themselves in the Pennsylvania Statehouse (what we now call Independence Hall) and decided to rewrite government in the summer of 1787.

Every person in the room considered themselves to be logical, common sense critical thinkers, and yet the only consensus in the room centered around the fact that the Articles of Confederation were woefully lacking in providing a federal government.

Everything else was up for debate.

It was logical to establish representation by population. And it was also logical to establish representation by statehood.

But the room was split by those who favored one logical position over another.

Watch your ears, Mr. Roberts — they compromised. They split Congress into two chambers, one where population would determine representation, and another where statehood would.

They came up with several other compromises, one of which is still being debated today, and that was the creation of the Electoral College.