By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
After the Lady Redskins pushed the No. 5 Great Bend Lady Panthers Saturday, they did not follow up with a similar effort Tuesday.
The Lady Redskins were outpaced early and never recovered in a 57-31 loss to Garden City in The Big House.
Liberal never mounted a serious threat the entire night after the inspired performance at Great Bend.
Liberal only managed five first quarter points, and three of those were free throws by Samantha Terrazas that joined the lone basket in the period from Jada Mickens.
Five different Lady Buffs scored in the first quarter, and Garden City had a 17-5 lead early.
And it never improved for the Lady Redskins.
Garden City poured in 12 more in the second quarter while the Lady Redskins only managed six, and Liberal trailed 29-11 at half.
Garden City’s Taryn Tempel, who only scored two first half points, poured in eight of Garden City’s 12 points in the third quarter, and the Lady Redskins answered with only one basket and three free throws, and the Lady Redskins trailed 41-16.
Liberal standout Jai Chapman only had two points until the fourth quarter when she added seven more, and the Lady Redskins finally broke double digits in a quarter to score 15, but Garden City still won the period 16-15 for a 57-31 final.
Liberal is in a battle for a playoff home game, and Liberal was able to maintain a slim one-game lead when Maize South lost to Eisenhower.