Liberty girls fall to Mount Si 57-46

January 26, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Aspen Winegar, Liberty sophomore forward, is defended by Mount Si's Traci Nelson in the first quarter. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School girls basketball team fell into a hole in the second quarter against Mount Si Jan. 22 and, despite a strong second half, the Patriots lost the 3A/2A KingCo Conference game 57-46.

“Mount Si came in with more energy, and they were playing harder,” Liberty head coach Randy Leifer said.

Mount Si caught fire near the end of the first half and outscored Liberty 26-7 in the second quarter. The Patriots seemed to be unable to stop Karly Thompson, of the Wildcats, as she sank numerous 3-pointers and racked up 13 points in the second quarter.

Going into halftime, Liberty trailed 31-14. However, in the second half, the Patriots struck back.In the third quarter, the team closed the gap to 11 points, thanks to six points from Halie Ericksen and five points from Breanne Faehnrich.

In the fourth quarter, Liberty came even closer, and with 50 seconds left in the game, Liberty had closed the gap to 53-46. However, Mount Si would add four more points and keep Liberty scoreless in the final seconds, securing the win.

“I felt like we worked really hard in the second half,” Leifer said. “I was pleased with the effort.”

Faehnrich also said the team worked very hard in the second half, but that the effort came too late.

“It was really frustrating,” she said. “We talked about what we needed to do, and the effort was there. We just needed to do it in the first half.”

Ericksen agreed that the effort came too late in the game.

“We came really close,” she said. “I think that if we had just pulled it together earlier in the first half, we would have gotten them, because we came out hard with our press.”

Ericksen led Liberty with 10 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds.

Aspen Winegar recorded nine points in the game, and she led the team with nine rebounds.

Prior to the Jan. 22 game, Liberty defeated Interlake 71-62 Jan. 20.

Danni Sjolander scored a season-high 27 points for the Patriots. Winegar contributed 21 points and Faehnrich had 12 points. Liberty put away the host Saints with a 28-18 fourth quarter.

The Patriots entered this week with a 6-9 overall mark, and a 3-4 conference record. Liberty hosts Bellevue at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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