Lady Panthers rout Patriots in district opener

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Liberty Hill opened its district schedule in style on Tuesday evening with a dominant 51-30 home victory over East View.

Freshman point guard Gabby Mundy led the Lady Panthers with 15 points, while seniors Kenzy Wise and Regan Walker added 14 and 12, respectively.

Liberty Hill head coach Chris Lange said it was good to get off on the right foot in district play – especially by such a wide margin of victory.

“I think it sends a message to people we can play,” said Lange. “We played like the team we’re supposed to be.”

The Lady Panthers burst quickly from the gate with a 7-0 run to open the contest without reply from the visitors on a 3-pointer from Walker, followed by Wise’s first bucket of the night before Mundy scored off a Walker steal.

East View then scored five straight points before the home team responded with six straight points of its own, highlighted by a Mundy basket on a nice assist from senior center Emma Hubbard and Liberty Hill led, 13-9, after one period.

However, the Patriots began to find their feet in the second quarter and managed to close to within a point at 21-20 in the waning moments of the half before Mundy closed the scoring with a basket in providing a 25-23 Liberty Hill halftime lead.

As the second half began, it was clear the Lady Panthers had emerged with a defensive intensity they had lacked for much of the first half, resulting in a 12-0 run to open the third quarter, which put the game out of East View’s reach, with Wise pouring in six points during the sequence as Liberty Hill outscored the visitors by a 19-3 margin in the period.

Only 11 combined points were scored by both squads in the fourth quarter, but Mundy had four of them and senior Ashlyn Calhoun ended the game on a high note with a strong move to the hoop and a foul for a three-point play in closing the proceedings.

Lange said Mundy is still feeling her way into the varsity high-school game, but is progressing rapidly.

“Gabby has all the skills, but now she’s getting the experience and her confidence is growing,” he said. “After a few misses from the free-throw line, she bounced back and hit three out of four down the stretch. She gets a lot of drives to the basket and her teammates like her, which goes a long way.”

Hubbard had five points – including a 3-pointer – in the game, along with four rebounds, two assists, a pair of blocks and a steal in a solid all-around effort that was appreciated by Lange.

“Emma’s starting to look for that shot, which helps our overall game” he said, of Hubbard’s four attempts from beyond the arc on the evening. “She also anchored our defense in which we showed a lot of mental toughness.”

Liberty Hill (12-6, 1-0) will next play at Rouse on Friday before returning home to host Class 5A No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Cedar Park on Tuesday.

Winning weekend in Fredericksburg
Liberty Hill went on a three-day trip to Fredericksburg for the Battlin’ Billies tournament and returned home with three victories in the five games they played.

On Thursday, the Lady Panthers suffered a pair of defeats, with the first coming at the hands of TAPPS Class 6A Antonian Prep of San Antonio by a score of 52-51.

Madison Walker scored 18 points, while Hubbard added 14 in the loss.

Later in the day, Liberty Hill was defeated by Class 4A Graham, 41-32, as Hubbard led the way with 11 points, with Mundy adding nine.

On Friday, first up was Class 4A Fort Stockton, whom the Lady Panthers downed by a 68-23 score in a contest they held a 25-1 lead after one quarter of play and 37-9 at halftime.

Hubbard poured in 15 points, while Wise added 13 in the victory.

In the afternoon, an even bigger blowout was in the cards as the Purple-and-Gold dismantled Class 4A Sinton by a score of 66-7, as Liberty Hill led by a 37-3 margin at halftime before cruising to victory.

Mundy scored 15 for the Lady Panthers, while Hubbard added eight in the game.

Finally, on Saturday, the Lady Panthers defeated Class 3A Marion, 62-28, after leading 33-13 at halftime and limiting the Bulldogs to single-digit scoring in all four periods, as Mundy led the way with 16 points, with Wise scoring 12 in the win.

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