Liberal was as stingy with giving away points to Scott City as it was generous with its own shots.
Huge Liberal scoring runs and Scott City turnovers turned a close game after one quarter into a 60-26 running-clock win in Saturday’s final round of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic at Garden City High School.
“I thought we might have a little bit better showing than what we did today,” Scott City head coach Sarah McCormick said. “I would never take anything away from Liberal. They’re a good team — they were shooting very well from the outside, and we just weren’t.”
Her team’s inability to convert baskets was a big concern, she said.
“There was a lid on it there for a while, and we had wide-open looks,” McCormick said. “I mean, nothing would go in. I know there are going to be nights like that, but we have to find other ways to get some points, and we just couldn’t find that tonight.”
Liberal scored nine straight points after Scott City opened the game with a field goal, taking a 9-2 lead before the Beavers chipped away at the lead, trailing just 10-8 after a quarter.
Then Liberal reeled off 11 straight points to start the second quarter and built a commanding 20-8 lead.
The Beavers were limited to just four field goals in the first half and 7 of 23 overall, while committing 23 turnovers.
Liberal (5-0), on the other hand, was 18 of 40 from the floor, including 8 of 17 from behind the arc, while committing just 13 turnovers.
Katie Horyna led Liberal with 18 points. All 10 of Liberal’s players got into the scoring column.
Scott City got nine points from Emily Weathers. Lyndi Rumford added five.
Liberal was tough to score against with the height and aggressive play both inside the paint and on the perimeter.
“But that’s something we just can’t make excuses for,” McCormick said. “We have to find a way to get something working for us, and we just couldn’t get anything to work.”
But with a young team, it’s the basics they need to work on, she added.
“Nothing fancy — rebounding, turnovers, smart defense. Those are things that can be fixed,” she said. “Teams like Liberal will show us what we need to work on, and they definitely did.”