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Horyna’s 23 leads Liberal to 52-26 win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:25


Katie Horyna drives by Sydney Unruh Saturday in Great Bend. Afetr an early injury scare, Horyna returned to the court to score 23 points in a 52-26 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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GREAT BEND — Early in the first quarter, Katie Horyna limped of the court after a hard foul on a shot attempt. A few possessions later, she returned to score 23 points and lead the Lady Redskins in scoring for a third straight game in a 52-26 blowout win over the Great Bend Lady Panthers.

Not only was Horyna effective on drives to the basket, but she also led a strong transition game and was able to pull up for mid-range jumpers and long-range threes.

Like many of Liberal’s recent opponents, Great Bend focused on the paint, trying to limit touches for Machia Mullens.

And that led to more opportunities for Horyna.

The Lady Redskins used the long ball early with two threes from Ali Lucero and one from Horyna, and the Lady Redskins were able to overcome a slow start on the road to take a 14-10 lead.

The Lady Redskin defense took over in the second quarter, only allowing five Lady Panther points and turning turnovers into baskets.

Liberal did have to fight through some foul issues early. Mullens had three in the first half, and Lucero and Horyna each had two.

“We had kids step up in the first half, and they played well,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said. “The bench came in and did a nice job throughout the game.”

Audrey Gilmore and Whitney Hay covered the bases and continued to provide stout defense along with Kim Alarcon who came off the bench to provide an additional spark.

By halftime, the Lady Redskins built a 29-14 lead.

With the starting line-up back on the court to start the second half, the Lady Redskins were able to find Mullens in the lane, and the standout center scored six points in the period to spark a 12-7 run in the third quarter.

The Lady Redskins only allowed one basket from the field in the third period, and it was the only basket from the field made by the Lady Panthers in the second half. Every other point scored by Great Bend came at the free throw line.

Carley Brack carried the load for the Lady Panthers in the second half, making seven of eight free throw attempts, but the aggressive Lady Redskins continued to outpace the Lady Panthers from the field.

Kruger pulled his starters for most of the fourth quarter, and the Lady Redskins still outscored Great Bend 10-4 in the final period to secure the 52-26 win.

Liberal only allowed six made baskets from the field in the game. The Lady Redskins connected on 19 shots from the field.

Horyna’s 23 points led all scorers. Mullens and Aubrey Warden each scored seven, and Lucero had six.

Horyna’s big night came after her collision in the first quarter.

“She felt a little twinge,” Kruger said. “She walked it off. Hopefully it’s nothing. We will look at it and see if there is any swelling. I knew we would be prepared if anything happened to her, but thankfully she was able to play. She had a big night for us.”

The Saturday schedule may have thrown the Lady Redskins off early, but they quickly found their stride.

“[Friday] we didn’t have the greatest practice,” Kruger said. “We are used to playing on Friday night. After the first couple minutes, we handled their pressure pretty well, executed and built a lead.”

The win pushed Class 5A No. 3 Liberal to 17-1 on the season, and 5-1 in the WAC with games against Garden City Tuesday and Dodge City Thursday to wrap up the regular season.

“If our egos are a little inflated, we can find some film of things we can do better,” Kruger said. “That is always our focus — to get better. Our kids are always hungry. This week is the last trip down a long journey. Hopefully we can get two wins this week and own the WAC championship again.”

Round 3?

The Lady Redskins are in a position to host Sub-State next week, and one team that could be coming to Liberal is Great Bend. The Lady Panthers and Lady Redskins could see each other for a third time, and if they do, the season will come to an end for the losing team.




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