Liberty girls topple Mercer Island for 59-50 win
February 3, 2012
By Christina Lords
As Liberty High School Patriots girls basketball coach Randy Leifer looks to wrap up the regular season, he’s sure this year’s past and future success hinges on how deep his bench is.
As the Patriots took on conference opponent Mercer Island the evening of Jan. 25, all but two players on the roster scored for the team.
“I think we really have a lot of depth on our team, and we shot the ball well tonight,” Leifer said after the 59-50 victory over the Islanders. “We didn’t rebound as well as we should have been, though, and we’ll work on that.”
Starting junior forward Delane Agnew had a team-high 14 points for Liberty — eight of those dropped the first quarter to give Liberty a big push up front — in the contest.
Starting sophomore guard Sierra Carlson contributed 12 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Stephanie Yea knocked down two three-point shots in the first half and ended the game with eight total points.
The score was 29-14 at the half.
While Liberty senior center Aspen Winegar, who is averaging 13.9 points per game, only came up with four points against the Islanders, she contributed eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks on the night.
“Having that depth makes for a nice dynamic on the team because people can play all game and get some time in,” he said. “If someone isn’t doing that well that night, then there’s someone else already ready to come in.”
Leifer said as the team looks to wrapping up the regular season and begins to prepare for playoffs, the team must shore up its rebounding skills to deny other teams at second — and third — chance shots.
Turnovers remain a stumbling block for the team as well, he said.
“After taking that break because of the weather, I think we need to just need to get everybody back in shape,” Leifer said. “We need to cut those turnovers down and get more aggressive with our rebounding. Those are the two big things we’ll need to focus on.”
Mercer Island’s Julia Blumenstein and Ari Moscatel led the Islanders with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Christina Lords: 392-6434, ext. 239, or firstname.lastname@example.org.