In the evening opener, Liberty's JV squad outshot the JV Bobcats for a 49-46 win for the JV Eagles.
Candidates and escorts took center court for the crowning of Megan Hedden as the 2012 Court Warming queen, just before tip-off of the varsity game.
The Eagles came into the Thayer High School gym with the intension of avenging an early season loss to the Bobcats in tournament play, but it was to no avail.
The senior-laden Bobcat squad shook off early game jitters with drives to the basket by Ricky Smith, Austin Henry, Dylan Dennis and Levi Hargrove, to blast the Eagles 17-4 at the end of one.
Senior point guard Brandon Childers worked the ball from side to side to find teammates open for jump shots, but his aggressive defense sent him to the bench in foul trouble.
Henry drove into the paint, laying the ball up and off the glass for a bucket at the buzzer and a 25-18 Bobcat lead at intermission.
With a very physical third quarter, Liberty attempted to gain some momentum, but the Bobcats met the physical challenge and exploded to a 46-30 margin, at the end of three.
Pull-up jumpers from Henry drew Liberty's defense out of the lanes. Assists in the paint from Dennis and Jacob Foley allowed Hargrove and Smith good position baskets in the fourth quarter.
A very athletic Liberty Eagle team posted 19 points in the final eight minutes, but fell short by 10 at the buzzer, as Thayer notched another South Central Association victory by the count of 59-49.
The Bobcats had three player scoring points in double figures: Hargrove dropped in 19, Henry netted 17, and Smith 15. Dylan Dennis had six and Brandon Childers two.