LMS basketball teams won 4/6 games from Lyons and swept Larned

It was a busy week for the Liberty Middle School basketball teams, with sets against both Lyons and Larned.

LMS more than held their own last week in their games at Lyons. The junior Greenbacks took four of the six games contested with the Lions.

7th grade boys had a double digit victory, prevailing 37-27 over their hosts.

The two teams were virtually even in quarters 1 and 4, but LMS doubled up Lyons in Q2 and Q3 to account for the margin of victory.

Tayt Myers (14) and Carson Hoeme (11) were both in double figures for the Greenbacks.

J’Air Johnson (6) Kaden Barker (4) and Jack Shaffer (2) rounded out the scoring for Pratt.

The 8th grade boys game was a nail-biter with Pratt coming out on top 32-31.

“The game was a little too close, for sure,” exhaled Kyle Ricke, LMS8 boys coach. “We didn't play real well. We shot the ball poorly and had a lot of turnovers. But, the boys continued to battle and ended up with the win.”

In the nip and tuck contest, Matt Shanline got a steal and took it to the house to put LMS8 up by 2 with 20 seconds left in the game. Lions got to the free throw line with a chance to tie, but only converted one attempt and LMS was able to run out the clock.

The LMS Gold (boys jv) team dropped their game to Lions 29-11.

In girls action, the 7th graders got back on the winning track with a 19-12 triumph.

Trailing 8-6 at the break, the LMS7 girls shut Lyons out 8-0 in the third period to take the lead.

Gabby Gatlin had a big game for Lady Green with 12 points. Marleigh Bates (5) and Olivia Gallaugher-Fink and Jenna Haas each with 1 rounded out the LMS scoring.

The 8th graders suffered another setback, falling 30-22. Sierra Dunlap (12), Lexi Walker (7), Dani Farr (2) and Abigail Kendall (1) scored for LMS8 girls.

The girls B-team dropped Lyons 16-5 in the girls jv contest. Daisy Herman had 6 points to lead Pratt.

In games at home with Larned on Monday, the Frogs were rather rude hosts, taking all 6 contests from the visiting Indians.

Lady Liberty dominated Larned, the 7th grade winning 46-6, the 8th grade prevailing 32-8 and the B team triumphing 34-13.

The LMS boys were also all over Larned, getting out the brooms against the Indians. 7th grade won 42-18, 8th grade prevailed 44-22 and the Green JV completed the sweep with a 38-8 triumph.

Peyton Koehler paced LMS8 boys with 13 points. “I felt like the boys did a great job again,” LMS head boys coach Kyle Ricke said of the 8th grade game. “They seemed to be hustling after the ball and making better decisions on the offensive end.”

“We got a lot of points off of our press, but again that is attributed to our boys giving effort and making good reads,” Ricke continued. “In the first quarter, we scored a lot of points, but I was a little disappointed in our defense and especially rebounding. I think 6 of their 8 points came off of rebounds/put backs. However, we did a better job in the second half, and as I said before I was proud of the effort I saw in the team.”

Liberty basketball is now off until after the Thanksgiving break, resuming play on Thur. December 30 with games at Halstead.