Olathe Northwest Outpaces Lady Red
Brock Kappelmann - March 8, 2019 7:25 am
Turnovers and three pointers. Those were two of the key statistics that sent the top seeded Liberal Lady Redskins back to school on Friday. Olathe Northwest, fresh off a sub state win over Kansas City area powerhouse Blue Valley North, kept the ball rolling leading wire to wire against Liberal and winning 57-46 Thursday afternoon at 6A state at Koch Arena at Wichita State University.
The Lady Ravens led by future Drake Bulldog Sarah Gueldner, led 15-6 after one and 29-19 at the half. ONW hit 6-10 three pointers in the first half. The lead ballooned to 18 41-23 in the third quarter. The Lady Redskins did make some noise. Behind a large and loud following dressed in red and black, the Lady Red used a 14-0 run culminated with a Katie Horyna step back three pointer to trail just 41-37. But that was it. The faucet turned off from that point. Olathe Northwest scored the next four points to lead 45-37. Liberal was at arms length the rest of the afternoon.
Olathe Northwest only committed four turnovers compared to Liberal’s 14. The Lady Ravens led the points off turnovers category 21-7. Olathe Northwest buried 8-16 three pointers and Liberal was just 2-12. ONW shot 44 percent from the field and Liberal was at 38 percent from the field.
Machia Mullens had a monster game with 29 points and 17 rebounds. Katie Horyna had 11 points and five rebounds. Gueldner had 31 for the Lady Ravens.
Liberal finishes 22-1. They lose seniors Whitney Hay and Kim Alarcon but return the rest of the team next season.