Liberty’s Hoop Queen Week

It was a full week for the Liberty Eagles basketball teams. They kicked off with a big win Monday night against a very tough Marshfield Bluejay team. Terrell Gaines was one point away from tying the record for most points scored in a single game in school history. Gaines scored 45 points, just shy of Duane Orchard's record of 46 points. Drew Ripko added 25 points towards the Liberty win over Marshfield, 80-69. Junior Varsity Eagles fell one point shy of a win, losing to the Bluejays 42-43.
Liberty hosted Logan-Rogersville on Jan. 12. The Varsity Eagles fell to the Wildcats with a final score of 64-50.
On Jan. 13, the Liberty Eagles hosted the Willow Springs Bears for Liberty’s Hoop Queen celebration. Junior Varsity kicked off the night facing the Bears. Parker Tune put up 32 points, including 8 three-point shots, but it wasn't enough to get the W. Junior Varsity Eagles fell 46-55 to the Bears.
The Hoop Queen ceremony took place between games. The Hoop Queen Court consisted of Hoop Queen Candidates, Naya Farrell (senior) and escort Brody Rutledge (junior), Chloe Kelts (senior) and escort Carter Pruett (junior), Savana Lovorn (senior) and escort Terrell Gaines (junior), Abbi Orchard (senior) and escort Lucas Frazier (senior), Hoop Princess Candidates, Lyla Cornman (senior) and escort Jaren Rutledge (freshman), Tati Chavez (junior) and escort Adrien Pendegraft (junior), Ashlynn Henry (sophomore) and escort Landon Hines (sophomore), and Cheyanne Brooks (freshman) and escort Drayton Wells (freshman), Flower Girl Presleigh Doscher, Crown Bearer Easton Pringle, and escort Calle Woolsey (freshman), and returning 2022 Hoop Queen Shelby Acklin. Ashlynn Henry was crowned Hoop Princess and the new Liberty High School 2023 Hoop Queen is Chloe Kelts.
The Varsity competition was, as expected, a tough and exciting battle. With Drew Ripko scoring 26 points, Terrell Gaines with 24, Lucas Frazier with 9 points and 8 rebounds, and Gavin Reese and Carter Pruett both scoring 8 points each, the Eagles took the win over the Willow Springs Bears, 75-57.
The Liberty High School cheerleaders put on a fantastic performance at half time. They turned out the lights and turned on black lights and fired their way through a routine full of dance, tumbling, jumps, and stunts that kept the crowd cheering. Cheerleaders are coached by Brittney Dennison and Shelby Acklin.
The Liberty Student Council worked hard all week putting together activities and building up school spirit. Student Council sponsors are Joy Faulkner and Kala Chambers.
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