Lady Redskins continue to slide, can’t handle Hays
Saturday, 12 February 2011 12:07
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Give up 66 points, and it is going to be tough to win.
That was head coach Shane Stout’s sentiment after dropping a homecoming contest to Hays 66-38 in the Big House Friday night.
Liberal’s Justice Norah scored 29 points, but the rest of the Lady Redskins only managed nine.
While Liberal struggled to offer Norah support, the Lady Indians were having little trouble getting their shots to fall.
Paige Lunsford scored eight points in the first quarter to give the Lady Indians a 19-8 lead.
Liberal had shot opporutnities, but Hays dominated the boards and limited Liberal to one shot per possession.
On the other end, however, Hays owned the offensive glass as well, getting put-bck opportunities and perfectly executing backdoor cuts under the basket that made it appear that Hays had an extra player on the court at all times.
Hays built a 28-14 lead wihtout 3:30 to play in the first half, but the Lady Redskins put together their best run of the game, and after two free throws from Emily Bayouth and five points from Norah, Liberal went to halftime on a 7-0 run and only down seven, 28-21.
But that was as close as Liberal would get.
Hays opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 15-point lead.
Hays stretched the advantage to 19 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and pushed it to 22 before making substitutions.
By the end of the game, every Lady Indian and Lady Redskin saw the court in the 66-38 Liberal loss.
“We were lackidaizical on defense,” Stout said. “We were horrible rebounding.”
Stout still wanted someone else to step up and be a scoring threat along with Norah.
The loss dropped Liberal to 8-8 and tied for fourth with Andover Central in the Sub-State pairings.
“We don’t want to be fifth,” Stout said. “If we don’t turn it around we will be on the road for the playoffs.”
Along with Norah’s 29, Ross had five.
Liberal will play at Guymon Monday.