Lady Panthers win big in home opener with Moulton

Senior Jordan Redmond lays up two of her nine points in Monday’s 83-25 blowout of visiting Moulton in the Lady Panthers’ home debut. (www.ThunderstruckPhotos.com)

It’s been over a month since the Liberty Hill High School girls’ varsity basketball team played any sort of competition inside of the Panthers Den.

Since a scrimmage in early November, the Lady Panthers and Head Coach Matt Kirschner have been on the road, preparing for the day when they finally get to show off for their home fans – and they did just that.

In their home opener on Monday, the Lady Panthers were seemingly clicking on all cylinders, as they outmatched and overpowered the 1A Moulton Bobkatz for an 83-25 victory. With the win Liberty Hill (9-3) extended its winning streak to four and will have a nice stretch, playing six of the next seven games at home, including the district opener against Burnet on Jan. 6, 2012.

Things got off to a fast start for Liberty Hill with senior Kourtney Bevers scoring eight points and dishing out assists. Late in the period, she picked off a Moulton pass and made a precision assist to senior Jordan Redmond for an easy layup with 1:30 left.

The quarter ended with a steal by senior guard Lorrie Potts who took it the other way for a layup, ending the period with Liberty Hill out to a commanding 21-4 lead.

Unfortunately for the team, they will be without Potts for a while since she rolled her ankle in the blowout win. After sinking two of her six points on the night, Potts came down awkwardly on her ankle early in the second quarter.

While recovering, Potts will be missed as she is the team’s fourth leading scorer for the season and is second in three-pointers made with 11. She is also a presence defensively as she leads the Lady Panthers with 50 forced turnovers.

“She is a little upset because she knows she is going to miss time,” said Kirschner of Potts. “But I don’t know how long she is out yet. Hopefully she is back on Friday, if not we will make the adjustments and go from there.”

Playing without one of their key players, the Lady Panthers continued to be aggressive defensively and did not settle for shots on offense. Bevers scored nine of her 28 points in the third quarter, boosting the lead to 66-12 with one quarter left to play.

Liberty Hill wrapped up the game with 17 fourth-quarter points for an 83-25 final. Never missing a moment to coach, Kirschner used the game to be critical of the things that were not going well at times.

“The biggest things we have to work on in a game like this are things we do to ourselves,” he said. “We had a bunch of turnovers that were unforced. The other thing is that we missed easy shots. We are going to miss shots, but we were missing the one-footers and layups. Those things are going to hurt us in a big game. We can’t have those shots go out.”

Next on the schedule for the Lady Panthers is a meeting with Giddings Friday, Dec. 16, at the Panthers Den with the tip set for 6 p.m.