Liberty girls basketball team ends season by beating Mount Si
February 7, 2012
By Christina Lords
As the four senior members of the Liberty High School girls basketball team suited up for their Feb. 2 game against conference foe Mount Si, they knew it would be their last regular season game on their home court.
After never trailing during the contest, the Patriots clearly wanted to go out with a bang on Senior Night with their 57-46 win over the Wildcats.
Liberty took control of the game early, running up the score to 14-3 at one point during the first quarter. With senior center Aspen Winegar leading with the way with a game-high 17 points — as well as 11 rebounds, one block and two assists — they never looked back.
The co-captain had a standout regular season for the Patriots, averaging 13.1 points, 2.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Winegar’s fellow seniors, Stephanie Yea and Megan Tsutakawa, contributed nine points and seven points in the game, respectively.
Liberty coach Randy Leifer said he is proud of what the team has accomplished during the season. After Liberty dropped its previous two games against Juanita and Lake Washington, he said he wanted the Patriots to have a successful Senior Night to end on a strong note.
“I wanted them to just enjoy it,” he said. “I wanted the girls to play hard for them. They’ve been a really nice … really tight-knit group. The big thing for them has been to have fun, play hard and make it a memorable season.”
Leifer said the team developed a good rhythm and a sense of cohesiveness against the Wildcats — something he hopes will translate into the post season.
“Some days we do that, some days we don’t,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s the way our year has been for us. When we play particularly well, we do well. In the few games where we haven’t been, we play poorly.”
Sophomore guard Sierra Carlson also had a big game for the Patriots, scoring 16 points, bringing in three rebounds and contributing four assists.
As the Patriots look toward KingCo 3A/2A post-season play, Leifer said Liberty’s playoff success will hinge on second-chance shot opportunities.
“We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” he said. “We need to fight hard and rebound better. They beat us on the boards tonight, and we need to do a better job of rebounding in the future.”
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