Howell County News/ Kacey Blunk

Lady Eagles stay strong during busy week of games

It was busy week of wins for the Lady Eagles as they now sit 15-6 on the season after winning three games in a row.
Head Coach Eli Ernst reflected on the week. "Being off nearly a week due to weather posed a unique set of challenges for us. Not being able to safely bring our group into the gym coupled with the lack of structure that our school day provides for our team our preparation was definitely hindered. I'm proud of our girl's mindset to get back into the gym and practice and play with the urgency needed to improve before the district tournament in a little over a week."
The Lady Eagles hosted the Van Buren Lady Bulldogs on Monday, February 7. In a close game, the Lady Eagles came out victorious scoring 59 to the Bulldogs' 55 points. In the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 17 to Liberty's 11. Liberty climbed ahead in the second quarter scoring 16 to Van Buren's 14. The Eagles dominated the third quarter scoring 14 to Van Buren's 7. The fourth quarter was close as Van Buren scored 17 to Liberty's 18. For the game, Abby Woolsey (Sr) and Reagan Wells (So) scored 14 points each followed by Lexi Shumpert (Sr) scoring 12, Lyla Cornman (Jr) and Hadley Chowning (Fr) scoring 6 points each, Kenna Woolsey (Sr) scoring 4 and Sydnee Lafevers (Jr) scoring 3 points.
In a make-up game on Tuesday, February 8, the Lady Eagles traveled to Thayer to take on the Lady Bobcats. The game was a nail-biter all the way to the last second as A. Woolsey rebounded the ball, passed to Chowning who drove it down the court then passed it off to Wells who scored a 3-point shot at the buzzer to win the game 56-55. Points by quarter saw Liberty leading in the first with 19 to Thayer's 12. Thayer dominated the second with 18 to Liberty's 11. The third quarter was a tie as both teams scored 10 points. The final quarter saw Liberty scoring 16 to Thayer's 15. For the game, A. Woolsey (Sr) led with 14 points followed by Shumpert (Sr) with 13, Wells (So) with 10, Chowning (Fr) with 9, K. Woolsey (Sr) with 5, Lafevers (Jr) with 3 and Cornman (Jr) with 2 points.
On Thursday, February 10 the Lady Eagles hosted Cuba and had yet another win for the season 85-60. Liberty took a tremendous lead in the first quarter scoring 22 to Cuba's 7. The second quarter Cuba tried to gain some momentum by scoring 20 to Liberty's 15. The third quarter Liberty jumped ahead 27 to Cuba's 16 and ended the fourth scoring 21 to Cuba's 17. For the game, Chowning (Fr) led with 20 points followed by A. Woolsey (Sr) with 15, Wells (So) with 14, Lafevers (Jr) with 13, Shumpert (Sr) with 11, K. Woolsey (Sr) and Chloe Kelts (Jr) scored 4 points each, Riley Taber (Sr) and Grace Berkshire (So) scored 2 points each.
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