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Lightning strikes 3-pointers for girls’ first win

Saunders’ 15 points lead Liberty in 44-43 win over MV

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girl’s basketball team picked up its first win Monday, Nov. 27, at home against the Mount Vernon Mustangs. The Lightning flashed for a 44-43 win to improve its inaugural record to 1-2 after losses to Fairfield (54-28) and Waterloo West (54-29).
Liberty trailed 11-6 after the first period and was down 24-21 at halftime. The gap widened in the third period with the Lightning lagging behind 37-30 going into the final quarter. However, an 11-0 run in the final 2:30, including a trio of 3-pointers in the final minute sparked a historic finish for Liberty.
“First win in school history,” Liberty Principal Scott Kibby sent out via Twitter.
“THESE GIRLS DON’T STOP BELIEVING,” Coach Jamie Brandt said, also via Twitter. “Something special is starting at Liberty, and I wouldn’t wanna do it with anyone else!”
Cora Saunders, a sophomore, led the Lightning with 15 points, including three 3-point baskets, while freshman Jenna Saunders produced 10 points and a pair of threes. Sam McPherson, a sophomore, had an eight-point night with a pair of threes, Kayli Baldwin, a sophomore, came up with six points (two 3-pointers) while sophomores Brylee Klosterman and Isabel Smith had three and two points respectively.
Center Point-Urbana’s (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers will visit Liberty High on Saturday, Dec. 9, for a 6 p.m. varsity game, while the Williamsburg Raiders come to town on Thursday, Dec. 14, for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Boys win too, in Bellevue
The Liberty boys opened their season with a 64-53 win on the road in Bellevue Monday, Nov. 27– the first win in Liberty High’s varsity boy’s basketball history. Bowen Gryp, a freshman, had an outstanding game leading all scorers with 20 points. Isaac Bender put up 16, Andre Brandon produced 13 and Ethan O’Donnell added eight points. Grayson Tyler and Sam Funke contributed four and three points apiece.
The Bolts will also take on CP-U Saturday, Dec. 9, at home with a 7:30 p.m. start and will host Washington High Monday, Dec. 11 at 7:45 p.m.