Aggressiveness. Drive. Communication. All off these attributes were shown during the Lady Flames Saturday afternoon 88-41 domination of the Presbyterian College Blue Hose.
Liberty’s defense shined during the first half as the Blue Hose could muster only 13 total points while the offense poured in 38 first half points. Presbyterian junior point guard Sharie Hopkins scored six of her team’s 13 points.
Liberty junior Moriah Frazee led the Lady Flames with 11 points while junior Molly Frazee collected five rebounds. Juniors Megan Frazee, Rebecca Lightfoot and Moriah Frazee each had three rebounds in the first half as well to lead the Lady Flames.
When the halftime buzzer rang, the score was 38-13 with the Lady Flames on top. Remaining intense throughout the second half and keeping the communication of plays going would be critical in closing out the game with a win.
“We have a great team that has great basketball I.Q.,” Coach Carey Green said. “We were well focused.”
During the second half, Presbyterian came out from the locker room visibly more settled and began playing like a team. Senior Amy Jones scored 16 points and freshman Kaitlin Moore contributed 10 points. Sophomores Taylor Price and Lea Smith each had four rebounds, bringing a total of 28 rebounds for Presbyterian. On the other side of the ball, Liberty continued to dominate, however, and cruised to an easy 47-point victory, shooting an astounding 58.6 percent (34-of-58).
The game served as an opportunity for every player on Green’s bench to see significant time out on the floor. All 11 players scored, with Moriah Frazee leading the charge with 15 points and Megan Frazee adding 13.
Lightfoot finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists while freshman Kittery Maine finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, finishing with a career-high eight points.
“They (Presbyterian) are a team going through transition,” Green said, “meaning they are going from Division II to Division I. They have had to play a lot of road games, and coming to Vines Center and playing a season-maturing team was used to our advantage. That’s a hard journey, but we took advantage of that real early within the first 10 minutes of playing.”
Lightfoot, along with the rest of the squad, are now prepping for the string of conference games coming up on their schedule.
“We all are always mixing up the lineup in practices,” Lightfoot said. “We never have just one five together, and we’re working as a team. We are also working individually outside of practice because of practice being specifically for the team.”
The upcoming competition is not being taken lightly by the Lady Flames, who now sport a 17-2 record. With 12 conference games remaining, staying focused and mentally prepared are going to remain key priorities.
“Our conference is so up-and-down,” Lightfoot said. “It is kind of hard to really judge anyone. We don’t see the other teams, though, playing any hard teams like us.”
Green hopes to continue to gain confidence with each win while approaching the remainder of the 12 conference games.
“We’ll continue to work on the physical part and gain confidence,” said Green. “When we gain confidence, or mental edge, the confidence comes along with the physical part. We won’t be as concerned with our opponent because there are some things we can’t control, and we’re going to try to control what we can. We’re going to address the issues through a factorial perspective and put them in a position to be successful.”
Liberty hopes to continue its success at home this week as it plays host to conference rival Winthrop on Feb. 2. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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