Linganore routs Liberty, 54-24

January 28, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Liberty has struggled on offense much of the season. Last night, however, may have been its biggest struggle.

Linganore used a pressure defense to throw host Liberty's offense out of sync, and the Lions shot only 24 percent from the field in a 54-24 loss to the Lancers in a Central Maryland Conference game.

Liberty was only 11 of 45 from the field overall. Amy Wolff, the Lions' top scorer this season, scored only two points, which came on a third-quarter bank shot. Wolff's teammates didn't give much help, as the Lions went long stretches without baskets and points.

"The shooting, there was the game right there," said Liberty coach Tom Delise. "We have spent so much time shooting. We have done about nothing besides shooting for two weeks."

Linganore (10-3, 6-0), the top team in the CMC, pressured Liberty all over the court with tough man-to-man defense. The Lions found good shots at times, but could not put the ball in the basket, scoring only seven points in the first half.

Linganore routinely disrupted the Lions' offense. Liberty wound up turning the ball over 31 times. At one point in the second quarter, the Lions turned it over six times in two minutes.

"I think we play excellent defense," said Linganore coach Brian Matthews. "We have all year."

Delise said the defense bothered his team too often.

"The fact of the matter is we got shots," said Delise. "You've got to make a basket with a hand in your face."

Linganore made several of those.

Jennifer Gloyd hit three three-pointers for a game-high 15 points, and Betsy Roberts added 14.

The Lions could not pass the ball effectively because of the Lancers' defense. Linganore also forced the Lions to alter many shots.

The Lancers gave Liberty (6-7, 1-3) little in the first half. The Lions hit only three of 22 from the field and trailed 20-7 at halftime.

The game had been close for a while. Linganore, which also struggled on offense with 19 turnovers, missed 10 of 13 from the field in the first quarter. The Lancers led 8-5 after one.

Liberty scored only three points in the final 11:57 of the first half and just two in the second quarter. The Lancers scored the final 10 points of the half to break the game open.

The second half saw little improvement for the Lions. Katie Kelbaugh scored nine of her team-high 11 in the second half, but Linganore had long since taken control.

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