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February 28th, 2020

redksinselijahccarterElijah McCarter drives in for a shot against Dodge City Friday. The Redskins erased an 11-point Dodge City lead in the second half, but the Redskins couldn’t hold the lead in the ifnal three minutes and fell 59-53. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Liberal overcame and 13-point deficit in the second half against Dodge City Friday to take a two-point lead in the final four minutes. But Dodge City rallied, and the Redskins struggled with turnovers and missed shots down the stretch in a 59-53 loss.

Dodge City led from the start and used the three point line to protect their advantage, knocking down three long-range bombs in the first quarter.

Dodge built a 12-2 lead before the Redskins score five straight including a three from Syris Dunlap to cut the leas to 12-7.

The Redskins cut the lead to one in the second quarter, but the Red Demons pushed back to the six-point lead with another three, and the Redskins trailed 27-24 at half.

After hitting four threes in the first half, Dodge City added four more in the third quarter to build a 13-point lead, 41-29.

But the Redskins stormed back with a19-7 run that included a pair of threes from Hunter Hatcher and Alex Lopez, and with 4:28 to play the Redskins tied the Red demons 48-48.

Braxton Hyde gave the Redskins the lead with a pair of free throws, and after Dodge City tied the game, Dunlap hit a free throw to give the Redskins a 51-150 lead with 3:06 to play.

Hyde put Liberal ahead 53-52 with 2:19 to play, but Dodge City finished with a 7-0 run, all free throws, for the 59-53 win.

Hunter Hatcher led the Redskins with 14 points.

“We didn’t execute,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “We missed an open shot with a one-point lead, and they tie it. We run another set and don’t execute. We missed wide open shots. Three possessions in a row at the end we don’t execute, and it cost us.”

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