By Mike Maltais

Daniel Sonnichsen drives to the hoop through a crowd of Mustangs during league action against visiting Bridgeport last week. The Mountain Lions won going away, 59-28. Photo by Mike Maltais

Daniel Sonnichsen drives to the hoop through a crowd of Mustangs during league action against visiting Bridgeport last week. The Mountain Lions won going away, 59-28. Photo by Mike Maltais

The Liberty Bell High School varsity boys’ basketball team rose to 3-2 in league play last week with back-to-back wins over Bridgeport, 59-28, and Manson, 50-23, and added a non-league victory over Columbia Basin Secondary School just to sweeten the pot.

The Mountain Lions dropped their first two league contests against Central Washington 2B South opponents Kittitas and Riverside Christian earlier this month.

Bridgeport bombs

The Mountain Lions held the visiting Mustangs to single-digit scoring in all but one quarter on Jan. 14 while Liberty Bell took a 12-point first-period lead and stretched that to 14 points by halftime.

Logan Szafas, Jaymis Hanson, Austin Watson and Willy Duguay all hit in double figures with 13,12,12, and 10 points respectively.

In the second half the Mountain Lions’ defense put a lid on Bridgeport’s scoring while Liberty Bell accelerated its lead to 31 points by game’s end.

 

Liberty Bell vs. Bridgeport

LBHS 17 12 11 19 – 59

Bridgeport 5 10 5 8 – 28

Pts/Rebs/Steals/Assts

Logan Szafas 13-9-1-0

Jaymis Hanson 12-10-4-4

Austin Watson 12-2-0-1

Willy Duguay 10-7-2-0

Cesar Dominguez 6-7-4-1

Garrett Dornfeld 4-1-1-0

Daniel Sonnichsen 2-1-1-0

Liam Daily 0-5-0-1

Micah Klemmeck 0-4-0-1

Morgan Ott 0-1-0-0

Connor Cooley

Manson missteps

Manson only saw one quarter where the invading Trojans were able to score in double figures against Liberty Bell on Friday (Jan. 17). Meanwhile, the Mountain Lions relied on well-distributed scoring to build a three-point first-quarter lead into a comfortable 17-point margin by halftime.

Szafas and Watson canned seven points apiece while Duguay and Jorge Lara contributed seven each. Hanson, Liam Daily and Daniel Sonnichsen combined for 15 to boost Liberty Bell to a 27-point victory at the buzzer.

 

Liberty Bell vs. Manson

LBHS 9 17 11 13 – 50

Manson 6 3 10 4 – 23

Pts/Rebs/Steals/Assts

Logan Szafas 8-4-2-0

Austin Watson 8-1-0-0

Willy Duguay 7-6-1-3

Jorge Lara 7-2-5-0

Jaymis Hanson 5-6-3-2

Liam Daily 5-3-4-3

Daniel Sonnichsen 5-1-0-0

Morgan Ott 3-0-0-0

Cesar Dominguez 2-3-2-1

Connor Cooley 0-1-0-0

Garrett Dornfeld

Micah Klemmeck

Phoenix fall

Columbia Basin Secondary School was eight points in the hole by the end of the first period but despite two quarters where the Phoenix broke into double digits it wasn’t enough to catch the retreating Mountain Lions, who ended up winning the non-league game by 20, 53-33, on Saturday
(Jan. 18).

Szafas and Hanson led Liberty Bell with 13 points apiece and Daily pulled down 10 rebounds.

 

Liberty Bell vs. Columbia Basin

LBHS 14 13 18 8 – 53

CBSS 6 10 5 12 – 33

Pts/Rebs/Steals/Assts

Logan Szafas 13-6-3-0

Jaymis Hanson 13-3-3-2

Austin Watson 9-2-2-1

Willy Duguay 6-3-1-1

Jorge Lara 5-3-2-2

Daniel Sonnichsen 3-0-0-0

Liam Daily 2-10-3-1

Connor Cooley 2-2-0-0

Cesar Dominguez 0-5-1-0

Morgan Ott 0-3-0-0

Micah Klemmeck 0-1-1-0

Garrett Dornfeld

 

“In all three games, I thought our team defense was key with solid contributions from all 12 guys,” said coach Kyle Acord.

The Mountain Lions were scheduled to host Lake Roosevelt in a league game Tuesday (Jan. 21). Liberty Bell travels to Oroville for a league game next Tuesday (Jan. 28).