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Ups and downs for the Eagles over the holidays

The day after Christmas, both Liberty High School basketball teams took part in holiday tournaments. The lady Eagles traveled to Mountain Grove where they defeated the Cabool Bulldogs (72-17), the Houston Tigers (58-33), and fell to the Licking Wildcats (54-44). This put the girls in place to play for third place where they lost to Chadwick.
The boys went to Cabool where they defeated the Eminence Redwings (64-40) and fell to the Thayer Bobcats in a tough battle (51-43). This brought them back to face the Summersville Wildcats for the consolation plaque. After a loss to the Wildcats at the beginning of their season, the Eagles defeated them with a final score of 78-44 to bring home the plaque.
The Lady Eagles rang in the New Year by hosting the Willow Springs Bears on Jan. 2. Junior Varsity got the win, but Varsity girls lost to Willow Springs with a final score of 55-51.
They then hosted Doniphan on Thursday, Jan. 5. Junior Varsity lost while Varsity played some amazing basketball and got a win with a final score of 54-46.
Liberty boys basketball traveled to Doniphan Tuesday, Jan. 3. After leading 39-35 at the half, the Varsity Eagles fell to Doniphan 61-80.
Friday, Jan. 6, the Eagles hosted a very tough Licking Wildcats. Junior Varsity fell to the Wildcats 31-54. The varsity game was neck and neck the full four quarters. Terrell Gaines scored 27 points with six rebounds, Drew Ripko 21 points, and Lucas Frazier 10 points and eight rebounds for a Liberty victory over Licking 73-65.
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