After a 4-10 free thow shooting performance at home against Great Bend Saturday in a 45-43 loss, LHS was 8-17 at the foul line in a 43-42 loss at Garden City Tuesday night. Liberal played much more inspired and probably played their best game in several weeks, but falls just short. LHS led most of he game with an 18-12 lead after one quarter and a 27-22 halftime lead. The Lady Skins led 38-37 after three quarters. Liberal fouled Garden City's Megan Donaho who made one of two at the line. Liberal had the ball with :03.8 second to go but didn't get a last second shot off. Justice Norah scored 19 in the loss. Liberal head coach Shane Stout says his team took a step forward, even in losing for the fourth time in five tries. "This evening is just about as proud as I've been of this group this year," Stout said. "We come out on the losing end but I can live with losses if it's this kind of effort."
Liberal is 9-10 overall and 1-6 in the WAC. Liberal has struggled in the WAC but has led after three quarters in five of seven WAC games. Garden is 10-10 overall and finishes 3-5 in the WAC. Liberal remains in third in sub state after Andover Central lost (60-56) to Goddard. Central is 8-11 and Kapaun is 8-11 after their win at Wichita North. Liberal hosts Dodge City Friday night at 6 p.m. for senior night. The game is free thanks to National Beef buying out the game.