By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Lady Redskins chased Lawton for three quarters before the Lady Wolverines pulled away. Liberal was outscored 18-4 in the final quarter of a 57-36 loss Friday at The Big House.
Many of Lawton’s baskets came in the transition game and from Alicia Caddy who dominated the paint for the Lady Wolverines. Caddy ended the game with 20 points.
“We were outplayed,” Liberal coach Bill Baird said. “We didn’t get back in transition. They were running the floor strong. We weren’t prepared for that. I feel we were outcoached, outplayed — it was a poor performance on my behalf and whole team.”
The loss was a disappointment after winning the season opener against Guymon by holding on late and getting three-point support from Jai Chapman. Against Lawton, Chapman connected on two more threes, but a lack of points in the paint finally caught up with the Lady Redskins in the fourth quarter when the Lady Redskins turned the ball over and had few scoring opportunities.
“ Basketball is a humbling sport,” Baird aid. “You think you are on Cloud Nine, and then it brings you right back to reality. We are rusty. There are set plays we can’t execute yet. It’s going to take time. We talk about blocking out, working hard and staying down. We didn’t do a terrible job, but giving up second board hurt us.”
Many of those came back to Lawton’s Caddy who played big in the paint.
“This young lady is super strong,” Baird said. “It wasn’t her inside game, it was her ability to put it on the floor and take it inside. Give her credit, she was able to put it on the floor and took it to the basket because of her strength. She is a big girl that could take it to the basket with one dribble.”
The game was only the second under Baird for the Lady Redskins, and he is still looking for more ball movement.
“When we pass the ball, we look like a team,” he said. “You aren’t going to win as a team unless you pass the basketball and it’s moving.”
That was apparent in the fourth quarter when Lyric Robinson brought the ball up the court and Baird continued to ask her to pass the ball. She never did. She dribbled close to the lane, took a contested shot, and Lawton rebounded.
The point will be made at practice next week.
“Monday is all about passing,” Baird said. “We have to make good decisions, move it and catch it and finish around the rim, and then get back in transition. That’s what we intend to do.”
Justice Norah led the Lady Redskins with nine points. Shaquille Bond scored seven, Chapman had six, and Kambrie Long scored six.