By Don Nelson
Matching their counterparts on the boys’ side, the Liberty Bell High School girls’ basketball team dropped a home game to Brewster but put on a scoring show to beat Bridgeport on the road.
The Lady Lions lost to Brewster, 55-38, on Jan. 27, then flipped the results with a 53-42 victory over the Fillies at Bridgeport on Friday (Jan. 30).
Against Brewster, Liberty Bell held its own in the first half after a strong start by senior veteran Sarina Williams, still playing with a knee brace due to an earlier injury. The Lady Lions were down by only four points, 27-23, at the break.
Brewster turned it up in the third quarter with 17 points to Liberty Bell’s six. The Lady Lions played a competitive fourth quarter but could not make up enough ground.
Markie Miller, Brewster’s 5’11” junior, was consistently effective inside, canned a few long-range bombs and slapped away a couple of Lady Lions’ shots.
Williams led the Lady Lions’ scoring with 10 points, Lauren Fitzmaurice, Katie Labanauskas and Lauren Ochoa each added eight, and Baylee Canedo and Ashley Watson each scored two. Playing but not scoring were Exie Romero and Monica Chavey.
At Bridgeport, Liberty Bell recovered from an eight-point first-quarter deficit to overtake the Fillies and claim their fourth league victory of the season. Ochoa topped the scoring with 18 points, followed by Williams with 12, Fitzmaurice with nine, Labanauskas and Canedo with four and Chavey with two. Playing but not scoring were Watson and Romero.
The Mountain Lions were scheduled to play Okanogan, in their last regular season home game on Tuesday (Feb. 3). On Thursday (Feb. 5), Liberty Bell will travel to Omak, followed by an away game at Manson on Friday (Feb. 6).
Standings, North Central Washington 2B North
Okanogan 11-0 17-0
Lake Roosevelt 10-2 11-4
Brewster 8-4 9-8
Oroville 8-4 11-7
Liberty Bell 4-8 4-10
Manson 2-9 5-12
Tonasket 2-11 3-13
Bridgeport 2-11 3-12