By Robert Ayala
The anticipation was through the roof as women’s varsity basketball took on the Liberty Patriots Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The Cougars were off to a rough start, quickly falling behind the Patriots in the first quarter. Liberty took a 44-14 lead. Each team had over five personal fouls as the quarter jumped into its last minutes.
“The personal fouls lowered our confidence to start off the game and affected our enthusiasm,” Haley Morton, sophomore, said.
At the end of the first half, the Patriots led by 24 points with 10 personal fouls and the Cougs with seven.
The Patriots continued to make baskets against the Cougs after halftime, launching up another seven shots. At the end of the third quarter the score was 54-22 Liberty.
“It was obvious even from the bench that the girls were fighting hard, especially since some of us moved up to varsity and two were injured. I didn’t play, but I could tell they were trying their hardest,” Caitlyn Schwob, sophomore, said.
The ladies still pushed as hard as possible going into the final quarter. The Cougars managed to score six more points but still fell to Liberty with the final score 70-28.
“I think the girls’ varsity is a team with a lot of great players. They all have more than enough skill. It was just a bad night for them, I guess,” junior, Irie Stone, who attended the game, said.