By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
LaTonya Gooden scored 16 points and Hannah Rotolo added 14 to lead the No. 5 Lady Redskins to a 54-30 win over Hereford Friday.
“Defensively we were very good,” Liberal coach Shane Stout said.
“Offensively we were better in the second half. We were sluggish out of the gate.”
While the start may have been sluggish by Stout’s standards, the Lady Redskins still had a 16-8 lead after the first quarter.
Liberal extended the lead to 26-15 by half.
The Lady Redskins continued to use a strong full court defense that has caused opponents trouble all season long, especially for teams that struggled at the point.
Turnovers have led to easy transition baskets, and that was the case Friday against Hereford.
“We’re playing with a lot of enthusiasm and intensity,” Stout said.
“I can’t complain about our effort.”
So far, the Lady Redskins have been able to force opponents into a track meet on the court, and that has clearly favored Liberal.
“Hopefully we can keep games at our pace and score in transition,”
Stout said. “When the time comes, we will need to improve in the half- court offense.”
The Lady Redskins (8-0) continue their road tour Tuesday at Guymon and then travel to Newton to play against the best teams in Kansas.
“We’ll be tested next week,” Stout said.