Liberty ends WHS title streak

Liberty ends WHS title streak

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 12:02 am

Liberty ends WHS title streak

Arm In Arm — Westview’s Breanna Pitcher (left) earned a trip to the free-throw line in the Lady Chargers’ loss to Liberty in the final of the 46th Annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament on Thursday night. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Westview Lady Chargers’ quest for a 10th straight championship crown in the annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament was ended by the Liberty Tech Lady Crusaders on Thursday night.
The bigger Lady Crusaders dominated the second half to pull away for a 47-29 victory. Liberty outscored the Lady Chargers 23-12 after halftime.
Breanna Pitcher helped the Lady Chargers stay close with drives into the paint and four points in the first quarter. Liberty, on 3-pointers from Keiona Kirby and Dominique James, were ahead 11-7 after a quarter.
WHS turnovers just before the second quarter ended helped Liberty carry a 24-17 lead into the break.
Kirby, who finished with a game-high 21 points and was named tourney MVP, pumped in eight points in the third with big baskets inside and from outside. Kirby’s third-quarter tallies were enough to outscore the entire WHS roster, which managed just six points on baskets by Pitcher, Kaley Leyhue and Teddy Vincent to trail 41-23 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, each team scored six points. All the Westview points came from the free-throw line.

46th Annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament
Dec. 30 at Martin
GIRLS
Liberty (47) — Keiona Kirby 21, Dominique James 10, Ann Jones 9, Rhaven Kemp 6, Corvoisier Bates 1.
Westview (29) — Breanna Pitcher 10, Kaley Leyhue 7, Teddy Vincent 5, Taylor Swaim 2, Katelyn Luthi 2, Kendall Leyhue 2, Kaitlyn Harrelson 1.
3-pointers: Liberty — Kirby (3), James; Westview — none.
Records: Liberty 11-1, Westview 10-6 (3-2 District 13-AA).

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