Liberal freshman Machia Mullens makes a move in the lane against Cimarron senior Brooklyn Walker Tuesday night in The Big House. Mullens had a career high 20 points to lead the Lady Redskins to a 60-40 win. L&T?photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Whitney Hay and Katie Horyna each knocked down a three pointer in the first minute against Cimarron Tuesday night in The Big House, and that early outside threat provided openings in the lane to Machia Mullens and Jada Mickens who combined for 38 points in a 60-40 Lady Redskin win over the Lady Blue Jays.
Liberal jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the back-to-back threes after Horyna added a steal and run-out for a basket, but Cimarron broke through with a three to get on the board, and by the end of the first quarter, Liberal had a 14-8 lead.
Liberal added 18 more in the second quarter. Those points came from a free throws and a three pointer by Ali Lucero, and the rest came at the rim from Mickens and Mullens.
By halftime, Liberal had a 32-16 lead.
The two teams played a more even match-up in the third quarter, and by the end of the period, Liberal had a 14-point lead, 43-29.
But the Lady Blue Jays couldn’t stop the powerful push in the lane by Mickens and Mullens in the fourth quarter, and with a 20-point lead, Liberal coach Carter Kruger cleared the bench.
The reserves continued to maintain the lead, and the Lady Redskins cruised to a 60-40 win.
Mullens had a career-high 20 points, and the freshman only bested her senior counterpart Mickens by a bucket. Mickens ended the night with 18 points.
Lucero chipped in seven.
“We played well offensively,” Kruger said. “We shared the ball. I was excited to see that progress we have made over the last week of practice.”
The post play was impressive to Kruger, but so was the ability of the guards to make the passes inside.
“(Mullens) did a good job being aggressive and attacking,” Kruger said. “It was a team win. We got it inside to her, and we took advantage of our strength inside. All of our posts played well tonight.”
The outside threat has also been a plus.
“With teams trying to pack it in, we cane make them pay from the outside,” Kruger said. “This is a good sign for us heading down the stretch.”
Liberal hosts Great Bend Saturday in a battle for first in the WAC.