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February 23rd, 2020

ashleydriveAshley Carrillo glides to the rim for a basket Friday againsr Salina South in the semifinals of the Salina Invitaitonal?Tournament. The No. 2 Lady Redskins advanced to the championship with a 61-26 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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SALINA — After knocking off Andover 54-21 Thursday in the first round of the Salina Invitational Tournament, the Class 6A No. 2  Lady Redskins advanced to the championship Friday with a 51-26 win over Salina South.

The Lady Redskins used four three pointers in the first quarter to jump out to a 20-10 lead, a similar pattern to what they did Thursday against Andover.

Liberal connected on nine frist half threes Thursday and then hit six treys Friday, and by halftime the Lady Redskins had a 36-14 lead.

Ashley Carrillo opened the second half wirth a three, and Machia Mullens added another later in the third quarter, and the Lady Redskins pushed out to a 46-20 lead.

But Salina South would avoid the running clock after the Lady Redskins pushed the lead to 29 points after Reagan Watt hit a basket midway through the fourth quarter, 51-22.

Salina South scored the final four points in the loss.

“We got off to a good start,” Liberal coach Carter Kruger said. “We had good focus and good energy. We haven’t guarded a team who cuts as much as Salina South. We worked through some issues. We have to learn how to deal with foul trouble. You can’t let it take you out of your game.”

Still, the Lady Redskins were able to keep scoring, and Reagan Watt had her season high eight points as part of a supporting cast for standouts Katie Horyna and Machia Mullens.

“She gives you a steady hand,” Kruger said. “She has played a lot of minutes, and she has improved. She started the last two games, and they were our best two first halves of the season. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. She never asks to receive glory.”

The win pushed the Lady Redskins to 11-0 on the season and the fourth consecutive SIT title game.

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