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Lady Bobcats rout Liberty; earn SCA crown

Thursday, February 28, 2008

While it was a makeup game, it was a very important one that took place at Thayer High School Feb. 20.

It was especially important for the homestanding Lady Bobcats.

A makeup game with the Mountain View/Birch Tree Liberty Lady Eagles.

A win would give Thayer the South Central Association title with an undefeated record.

With that in mind, the Lady Cats did what they had to. And what they are very good at.

Attack. Pressure. And never give up.

When the night was over, Thayer (23-3) had routed Liberty 70-40 and captured the SCA crown in the process.

The start time was earlier than regularly scheduled, as the weather predictions called for sleet and freezing rain, giving the visitors from Liberty time to return home safely.

After the opening tip, the Lady Cats scored, then they stole the ball, scored again, pressured the ball, tied up the ball and scored again, forcing Liberty's coach to call a time out in an attempt to stem the flood and calm his girls down.

That tactic didn't have much of a positive effect on the Lady Eagles' fortunes.

Liberty did have a couple of good post players and a really quick point guard, but the pressure put on by all the Lady Cats was just overpowering.

Hope Hunt held her position down low and Chelsey Cabrales powered her way down the baseline for her points.

Micah Stevens hampered the Lady Eagles' ball movement with defensive pressure and that led to a quick steal out front.

Kaley Hebert's quickness allowed her to break into the passing lane for a steal.

Samantha Oakes battled hard on defense, diving on the floor for a loose ball.

This defense pressure helped Thayer jump out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead.

With a change in strategy, the Lady Eagles used their post player to inbound the ball, and were able to break the press a couple of times, allowing them to cut into the Lady Bobcat lead, down 29-18 at the half. But the Lady Cats continued pressure and found passing lanes offensively to continue their acceleration to the SCA crown in the second half.

Stevens got hot and poured in some points from the elbow.

Krysta Adams stroked from long range -- nothing but net.

Cabrales cleaned up under the rim, and with the last frame underway, and a considerable lead, the Lady Cats continued to hit on all cylinders and even shifted into overdrive, capturing the SCA title with a sizeable 30-point victory over the Liberty Lady Eagles.



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