February 3, 2023

Scott City splits with Liberal

Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–For the first time since 2013, the Liberal Redskins made the trip to Scott City to face the Beavers on Friday night at the Scott Community Events Center. It would be a doubleheader split in the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic, as the Lady Redskins take a 43-30 win, while the Beaver boys prevailed 66-44.

Liberal Girls 43, Scott City 30
Scott City would have difficulties early on with the length and athleticism, as they would turn the ball over six times in the first period. Liberal never trailed and turned a 4-3 lead midway through the opening period into a 13-5 lead after the opening eight minutes. The second quarter would see the Lady Redskins slowly expand their lead and took a 24-12 lead. To open the second half, Liberal (2-0) scored the first seven points to lead 31-12 with five minutes left in the third frame. Scott City (2-1) couldn’t ever get a run going until the end, as trailed 35-16 going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Redskins led by as many as 21 points early in the fourth quarter at 37-16, and saw the Lady Beavers score the final six points to make the final 43-30.

Nine Liberal players scored, but none were in double figures. Keyona Hall had nine points, while Lizzy Cisneros had seven points. Scott City was led by Brooke Strine with 12 points and Erika Felker had eight.

With the win, Liberal has now won the last four in the series, and lead the series 15-5 since 1985.

Liberal    13 11 11  8–43
Scott City 5   7   4 14–30

Liberal: Rine 0 0-0 0; Cisneros 3 0-0 7; Ormiston 1 0-0 3; Tarraas 0 0-0 0; Hall 4 1-2 9; McCarter 0 0-0 0; Lewis 2 2-2 6; Torres 0 2-2 2; Hatcher 3 0-1 6; Contreras 1 1-2 3; Hallman 2 1-3 5; West 1 0-0 2; Delgado 0 0-0 0; Team: 17 7-11 43
Scott City: Stevens 0 0-1 0; Gentry 1 0-0 3; Strine 5 2-4 12; Felker 1 5-8 8; Metzger 2 0-0 5; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Cramer 1 0-0 2; Trout 0 0-2 0; Team: 10 7-13 30

Three-Pointers: Liberal 2 (Cisneros 1, Ormiston 1), Scott City 3 (Gentry 1, Felker 1, Metzger 1); Rebounds: Liberal 25, Scott City 21; Turnovers: Liberal 12, Scott City 22; Fouls: Liberal 14, Scott City 9; Fouled Out: None.

Coach Amy Felker Postgame

Scott City Boys 66, Liberal 44
Just like the girls game, both teams entered unbeaten on Friday night. The night would belong to the Beavers. Scott City started with the games first six points in the first two minutes, and led 11-5 after the first period. Liberal (1-1) scored the first four points of the second quarter to pull to within 11-9 with 6:46 left before the break. That’s when the Beavers would take off, scoring eight of the next 11 points to lead 19-12 with 4:56 left in the second quarter. When the Redskins got to within 19-15 at the midway point of the second quarter, Scott City closed the half out on an 11-2 run to lead 30-17 at the break. The Beavers would slowly pull away, leading 54-31 heading into the fourth stanza. They led by as many as 25 late in the game, before taking a 66-44 win. 

Leading the way for Scott City (3-0) was Jackson Rumford with 15 points, followed by Dylan Metzger with 14 and Lawson Bailey had 10 points. Liberal got 12 from Isaiah Almeida and 11 from James Fieser.

With the win, the Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Redskins. It was their first win in the series since 2014. Liberal leads the series 10-9 since 1985. Scott City is 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Liberal       5  12 14 13–44
Scott City 11 19 24 12–66

Liberal: Amador 1 0-0 2; I. Garcia 0 0-2 0; Almedia 5 1-3 12; Losa-Perez 0 0-0 0; Kappelmann 3 2-3 8; Jennings 0 1-2 1; Feiser 4 2-3 11; G. Garcia 0 1-2 1; Robledo 3 2-2 8; Calvilllo 0 1-2 1; Team: 16 10-18 44
Scott City: Duff 0 0-0 0; Metzger 6 1-2 14; Noll 0 2-4 2; Tarango 3 2-2 8; Br. Bailey 1 0-2 3; Rumford 6 3-3 15; Ruelas 2 2-5 7; L. Bailey 4 0-0 10; Vance 1 0-0 2; Vulgamore 2 1-2 5; Stoecklein 0 0-0 0; Bonville 0 0-0 0; Team: 20 11-20 66

Three-Pointers: Liberal 2 (Almedia 1, Feiser 1); Scott City 5 (L. Bailey 2, Metzger 1, Br. Bailey 1, Ruelas 1); Rebounds: Liberal 21, Scott City; Turnovers: Liberal 26, Scott City ; Fouls: Liberal 18, Scott City ; Fouled Out: None.

Coach Brian Gentry Postgame