For a fifth straight year, the Liberal Lady Redskins advance to the Salina Invitational Tournament championship game.  Liberal smothered the Salina South Lady Cougars 43-19 Friday evening at Salina South High School.  The Lady Red held South scoreless in the fourth quarter and the Lady Cougars  scored only six in the second half.
Salina South led 8-6 after one quarter.  Ashley Carrillo nailed a couple of three’s helping LHS to an 18-11 second quarter and an 18-13 halftime lead.
Liberal was clinging to a 20-17 lead when Reece Hay buried a three to make it 23-17.  Liberal led 25-17 when Bree Horyna wrapped a pass around to Elle Hatcher for a lay in.  Liberal led 25-19 after three. Aubrey Warden’s three gave LHS a nine point lead.  The Lady Red never looked back.
Defense was the story as LHS held Salina South to 15 percent shooting.  Hay led Liberal with eight.  Warden had seven points and five rebounds.  Rylie Hallman had seven points and five rebounds.  Horyna had six points and eight rebounds.  Carillo had six points and six rebounds.
Liberal defeats South for a fourth straight year in the SIT semifinals.  The Lady Redskins are 8-2.  South is 3-7 after they had won three in a row.  Liberal faces fourth ranked Salina Central Saturday at 1 at Salina South.  Redskin Pregame at 12:45 on 1270 and  It’s the fifth straight year Liberal and Salina Central have met for the SIT championship game.