Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Lions show no mercy

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Throughout the season the Liberty High boys basketball team have relied on a certain recipe for success, a recipe that includes tough defense, senior leadership and a quality minutes from the bench.Tuesday night’s 73-52 victory over Francis Scott Key showcased the perfect blend of those ingredients. Senior Colton Weaver took over in the first half and finished with 15 points.

‘‘Right now our go to guy is Colton Weaver, he’s put together a really good season for us,” said Liberty head coach Steve Johnson.

Weaver sat out much of the fourth quarter to rest, as Ryan Miller led the way for the Lions with 19 points, but the Lions didn’t skip a beat. Liberty has found success this season by going to its bench, on Tuesday, 12 Lions’ saw action, and two other, Conor Rigby (12 points) and Dan Martinez (10) reached double figures.

FSK’s Tyler Forster scored a game-high 26 points making four 3-pointers in the second half.

His late game heroics cut the Lions’ lead to eight points. The Lions stayed within themselves and pulled a way in the second half as they turned up the defensive pressure, and reached their team goal of 30 rebounds.Liberty feels the final piece of a Monocacy Valley Athletic League Blue Ridge Conference Championship run will rely heavily on the team’s commitment to defense. In late December, the Lions’ had a tendency to come out flat, but Johnson is confident his team has righted the ship.

Said Weaver, ‘‘we’re going to go as far as our defense is going to take us, as soon as we turn up the defense intensity.”

‘‘We need all the victories we can get going in to the county, and conference championship run.”