The Liberty Bell High School girls’ basketball team traveled to Coulee Dam on Monday night after postponement of Saturday’s scheduled game with Lake Roosevelt, dropping a 67-50 decision to the Raiders.
Their Mountain Lions hit a cold spell hit halfway through a competitive first quarter, when the deficit was a very manageable two points at 11-9. The Raiders put together a 10-point run, though, to close the quarter with a 21-9 lead.
The home team would eventually run out to a 24-point lead in the second half before settling in with substitutes and running out the late clock for the 17-point final margin.
The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday evening, was postponed after a member of the Lake Roosevelt student body died unexpectedly on Friday evening. Teams lined the sidelines prior to the Monday night tipoff for a moment of silence and ceremony to honor the family and mourn the loss of the young man.
It was a brighter evening Tuesday night for the Mountain Lion girls as they took on the Oroville Hornets on Senior Night in the Lions’ Den. Sandra Hernandez, the only senior class member, was honored at the postgame ceremony, sandwiched in between the girls’ and boys’ games.
“We’re going to miss Sandra,” Coach Korrie Bourn said in an email. “She leads by example with a hard work ethic, hustle and a good attitude.”
Hernandez finished her career with a stellar defensive year, one of the team leaders in steals and second-leading rebounder, according to Bourn. “She’s one of those hard-working hustle players who help make this team successful,” the coach said. “I feel very fortunate to have coached and known her these past three years.”
The Mountain Lions jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the Hornets, and held a 15-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter. They stretched it out to 23-11 at halftime, eventually winning by 17 points at 45-28.
On Senior Night, it was two freshmen, Taylor Hover and Wynter Woras, who led the team in scoring, each with 13 points. Helaina Remsberg added 11 points to the effort, while Hernandez tallied 4 in her final home appearance.
The girls face the same bracketed tournament set-up as the boys, playing Manson on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Omak. A slight difference in the format is a loser-out component, as only the winner of that game will advance to the five-team crossover with District 7 on Feb.16, played at a District 7 site yet to be determined. Each of those five winners will also advance to the regional round of state.