Liberty fends off Catholic, 55-42

February 01, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The Liberty Lions jumped out to a big first-half lead and held off Catholic's long-distance attack to come away with a 55-42 win last night in Eldersburg.

Four Lions (3-9) scored in double figures to offset the comeback bid by the visiting Cubs, who scored half of their 42 points on seven three-pointers -- including six in the second half.

Natalie Hannibal and Jessica Horneman had 14 apiece and Amy North and Ashley Davis each added 10 to lead the Lions.

Liberty led from start to finish, jumping out to a 16-7 lead after one and increasing it to 33-14 at the half.

Hannibal hit the opening two baskets in the third quarter to give the Lions their biggest lead of the game -- 37-14 -- before Catholic (3-12) got hot beyond the three-point line to close the gap.

Tara Lafferty and Val Argentino each hit three three-pointers as the Cubs got to within seven at 49-42 with 3:11 left in the game, but they didn't score again. Lafferty and Argentino each had 11 to go with a team-high 15 from Marie Morrow.

"I thought we played with a lot of composure. We shot the ball well and didn't have a lot of turnovers," said Liberty coach Tom Delise.

"We gained a lot of composure against Linganore [a loss last Wednesday] and it showed up today. We're still young and still learning, but we're thinking maybe some teams may come out a little flat and we can make a little bit of a push the rest of the way."

The Cubs were hitting their second-half threes with the Lions in a two-three zone. But down the stretch, it was the Lions who hit the big shots, with Sarah Kovacs scoring inside after the Cubs cut the lead to seven. A jumper by North and a pair of free throws by Hannibal increased the lead.

The Lions opened up their lead early with Horneman dominating inside, and Hannibal and North releasing early on defense to convert easy layups. After consecutive hoops from Horneman gave the Lions an 8-2 lead three minutes into the game, Hannibal got a steal and layup and then fed North to give the Lions a 10-point lead.

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