Lackluster Liberal falls to Guymon
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 18:44
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Spunk, enthusiasm, energy — whatever it was, Liberal didn’t have it to start the game Tuesday. Guymon built an early lead, and Gabrielle Costilla made sure they didn’t lose it. Guymon defeated Liberal 48-32, the fourth win in a row for the Lady Tigers.
Whenever the Lady Redskins tried to make a run, Costilla hit a clutch shot to keep Liberal at a double-digit deficit.
“She was clutch for them,” Liberal coach Shane Stout said. “Right after half, we get it down by 11, and she hits a three.”
Guymon jumped out early. A stingy defense followed by a fast-break offense led to a 19-7 lead.
“Everything we do is predicated on defense,” Guymon coach Tim Hofferber said. “The first quarter was our best defense of the year.”
Guymon had a chance to extend the lead even further, but the Lady Tigers only hit three of 10 free throws in the second quarter. Guymon took a 28-16 lead, and that’s when Costilla took over, scoring 12 second half points to keep the Lady Redskins at a distance.
Liberal struggled to move the ball up the court against the Lady Tiger defense. Several turnovers ended in lay-ups for Guymon.
At one point, Stout pulled all five and put in a second set.
“You should always play hard,” he said. “We put in a different group and got it back to a game, but the hole was just too deep.”
Liberal played its second game without standout Justice Norah who was out of the line-up for disciplinary reasons. Liberal was also without Megan Campbell who was ill.
Jai Chapman was placed in the starting line-up at the last minute and scored nine points to lead the Lady Redskins as a freshman. Destiny Hall and Lauren Sumner each scored five.
Guymon will face another Seward County opponent Thursday in the Red and Blue Classic in Hugoton. The Lady Tigers will face perennial powerhouse Southwestern Heights in the first round of the tournament.
The Lady Redskins (0-2) will host San Elizario, Texas, Friday in the Conestoga Classic.