Eagles put scare into top-ranked Indians

Posted: Feb. 14, 2020 1:00 am

LIBERTY, Ill. -- The halftime score wasn't a fluke. It was a credit to the Liberty girls basketball team's execution.

The Eagles led top-seeded and top-ranked Lewistown 26-23 at halftime of Thursday night's Class 1A Liberty Regional championship.

"It was a great effort," Liberty coach Brad Bergman said. "They executed great. They took care of the ball. They made shots. They defended extremely well the entire night.

"We did everything we needed to do."

The game plan and the execution didn't change much in the second half. The number of shots falling did.

Liberty (20-10) scored just three points in the third quarter on a Cora Schuette 3-pointer, watched Lewistown build an 11-point lead going to the fourth quarter and finish off a 52-37 victory.

The Indians (29-1) advance to the semifinals of the Havana Sectional next Tuesday.

"We kept trading punches with them and getting good looks at the basket," Bergman said. "We just couldn't get shots to fall."

Liberty made just four second-half field goals.

"We ran our stuff and were patient," Bergman said. "We just struggled to score."

Paige Knuffman led Liberty with nine points and Jayden Schuette added seven. Sydney Shaeffer led Lewistown with 17 points.

"I'm extremely proud of them," Bergman said. "They gave it everything they had."