Liberty wins will face Howard in rematch of last year's final Liberty Belle Girls

December 29, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Liberty girls advanced to the championship game with a 43-20 win over City in the Liberty Belle Christmas Tournament yesterday afternoon.

A solid defensive effort -- particularly in the second quarter -- keyed the win.

Liberty held City without a field goal in the pivotal second quarter to take a commanding 26-7 lead at the half.

"We really played a smart first half," said Liberty coach Tom Delise.

"I was happy to see us weather some adversities with a couple of injuries and three starters in foul trouble."

Liberty senior Amy Wolff picked up her third foul in the final minute of the first quarter and was forced to the bench.

The Lions got 15 points and a strong rebounding effort from Dani Fostik to pick up the slack.

"She really stepped up after we lossed Amy," Delise said.

"She was aggressive to the basket and did a lot of nice things."

The Lions broke it open with a 12-0 run to open the second. Fostik keyed the spurt with back-to-back hoops midway through the quarter.

City played a more aggressive second half but never got the Liberty lead under double digits due to poor shooting, particularly at the foul line where they were 1-8 in the third quarter alone.

The Lions (4-2) will face defending tournament champion Howard tomorrow at 5 in a rematch of last year's final. Howard advanced with a convincing 61-26 win over Magruder in the first girls contest.

"We're going to have to stay away from foul trouble and be able to read their defenses. They like to throw a lot of different looks defensively," Delise said.

Magruder (1-6) and City (3-3) will meet in the consolation game tomorrow at 1.

Howard rallied past Magruder behind an 18-point effort from Sharon Ford and a stifling full-court press that caused 25 Magruder turnovers in the first half.

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