Kirsten Ross dribbles against a Hays defender Friday night. Hay defeated the Lady Redskins 55-39 on homecoming night for Liberal. Daily Leader photo/Rustin Watt
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Tuesday against Guymon, the Lady Redskins couldn’t miss.
Friday against Hays, Liberal couldn’t buy a basket.
A poor shooting night coupled with defensive breakdowns against Hays standout Lindsey Schmeidler led to a 55-39 loss on Think Pink Night.
“Offensively we were just not good,” Liberal coach Shane Stout said. “From a game plan standpoint I did not do a good enough job of finding away to shut down Schmeidler. She got us for 21 points at Hays and again tonight. We should have done something different to keep the balls out of her hands. It was not good preparation by myself.”
The Lady Redskins tussled with the Lady Indians in the first half. Liberal had a 23-20 lead at the break.
“We didn’t think we played particularly well in the first half,” Stout said. “We talked about shooting a little better, and we would be in good shape. We came out even more flat.”
Hays erased the lead quickly, but a Kayla Payton three put the Lady Redskins ahead 27-26 midway through the third quarter.
But two inside shots by Schmeidler and a three pointer by Carissa Wickman put the Lady Indians ahead 33-27.
LIberal had a number of drives come up empty, and the Lady Indians limited Liberal to one shot opportunities.
“We shot an extremely low percentage in the second half,” Stout said. “Defensively, we were trying to play catch-up then we are giving away lay-ups. We just didn’t do a good job in very many aspects of the game.”
The Lady Redskins made a late run and had a chance to reduce the Lady Indian lead to four. But the Lady Redskins continued to struggle shooting, and the lead quickly grew to 10 for Hays.
“We get it to 32-38 in the fourth quarter and had the ball,” Stout said. “But we can’t buy a bucket, can’t hit a free throw. Instead of getting it to four, it becomes a 10 point game. We didn’t have much go right for us. I didn’t think we were pressuring defensively like we have at times. We let them bring the ball up the floor. But, tomorrow is a new day. We better show up ready to play because Sunrise has an excellent team.”
Justice Norah led the Lady Redskins with 19 points, Payton had eight, and Malyssa Williams scored five.
After the 59-33 loss to Hays, the Lady Redskins returned to the court late Saturday in a make-up game against Sunrise Christian Academy.