ELDERSBURG — For most of last night it didn't look like either Liberty or Frederick wanted to come away with a 1-0 record in the Central Maryland Conference.
But guard Amy Wolf's jumper with five seconds remaining changed all that, as the Lions came away with a 34-33 win.
The win improves Liberty's record to 5-4 on the season and 1-0 inconference play.
Frederick drops to 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
"We'll take it," said Liberty coach Tom Delise. "We played a bit sluggish, but were still able to play well when we needed to and come away with a win."
Liberty had trailed for most ofthe second half.
Late in the fourth quarter, center Kelly Foremanhit a pair of free throws to give the Lions a 32-31 lead with 1 minute, 6 seconds left.
Frederick's forward Jolynn Taylor put back an offensive rebound to recapture the lead for Frederick, 33-32, with 17seconds left.
That set the stage for Wolf's heroics.
Battling a Frederick press, she went the length of the court and sank a pull-up jumper from the free-throw line to give the Lions the victory.
"I was torn whether to call time out or not (after Frederick's last bucket), but we usually let her (Wolf) run with the ball and create something instead of going with a set play," Delise said.
Both teams came out tentatively in the first quarter, with Liberty pounding it inside to Foreman, while Frederick was con
tent to shoot from the outside.
Forman responded with eight first-quarter points, despite a tight zone defense applied by Frederick to contain her.
With thescore tied at 7, forward Katie Kelbaugh hit a pair of free throws togive Liberty a two-point lead, and Foreman increased the margin to four on a jumper with four seconds left in the quarter.
The Lions came out slowly in the second quarter, and Frederick took advantage togo on an 8-0 run and take a 15-11 lead.
Liberty closed the gap to18-17 after Kelbaugh stole a Frederick pass and got it to guard Robin Leeds, who was fouled, hitting one of two free throws as the half came to an end.
Frederick scored the first four points to open the third quarter, to go up 22-17, before Wolf hit a baseline jumper to pull Liberty to 22-19 with 5:55 remaining in the quarter.
With the Lions trailing, 25-21, late in the third, Wolf scored on a layup, then followed with a jumper with 40 seconds remaining to tie the game at25.
"The girls are practicing very hard and are learning and developing a winning attitude," Delise said.
Wolf led the Lions with 13 points, while Forman, in foul trouble most of the way, had 12.
Kelbaugh, a junior forward, chipped in eight points and had a strong all-around game off the bench in replacing the foul-plagued Forman.
Guard Julie Desmond led Frederick with a game-high 14 points.
TheLiberty junior varsity team improved to 2-5 on the season with a 20-10 win over Frederick.