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Lightning sweeps home doubleheader

Knock off W. Delaware and Wapsie Valley
Liberty High’s Andre Brandon puts up two of his 10 points Saturday, Feb. 3, at home against Wapsie Valley. The “Bolts” won in dramatic fashion, 48-46.

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity basketball squads swept a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 3, at home with a pair of late-season wins.
The Lightning girls snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Hawks of West Delaware, 55-48, while the boys held on for a dramatic 48-46 win over Wapsie Valley.
The Liberty girls started out against West Delaware with a 5-0 lead thanks to a 3-point basket by Cora Saunders and a field goal from Megan Davis. Liberty took the first period 14-11, but trailed 23-20 at halftime.
Saunders opened the second half with another 3-pointer, but turnovers plagued the Lightning as the Hawks flew to a 36-27 advantage at the end of the third period. Another Saunders three gave Liberty a 42-41 lead in the fourth period. Davis drained a 3-pointer to make it 45-43 while Saunders’ fifth 3-pointer made it 48-43. Her sixth 3-pointer of the day gave the Lightning a 53-43 advantage as the “Bolts” held on for the win.
Saunders led the Bolts with 21 points while Sam McPherson produced 14 (including a pair of 3-pointers). Davis had a seven-point game for Liberty with six from Jenna Saunders (two 3-point baskets), Isabel Smith contributed four points, Kayli Baldwin added two and Brylee Klosterman put up one point.
The win improved Liberty to 6-12, while dipping the Hawks to 5-14.
The Liberty boys put up their second straight win as they held on for a 48-46 win over the Warriors of Wapsie Valley (Fairbank).
The “Bolts” took a 4-0 lead on a pair of Andre Brandon field goals, but quickly found themselves trailing the Warriors. Wapsie Valley took the first period 18-14 and led 30-26 at halftime.
Bo Gryp drained a 3-pointer in the third period to give the Bolts a 32-30 lead, which quickly shifted back to the Warriors. Gryp struck again with a three-bomb at the end of the quarter to take the lead back, 39-38. Gryp’s fourth 3-pointer of the night tied the game at 42-42 with 4:36 remaining. Tyler Grayson sank a pair of free throws for a 46-45 lead in the final minute. The Warriors knotted the game on a free throw before Dawson Zimmerman scored on his own rebound with seven seconds remaining for the win.
Gryp led the Bolts with 16 points including four 3-pointers while Ethan O’Donnell put up 11 points and Brandon had 10. Grayson had a five-point night with four from Zimmerman and two from Sam Funke. The win improved Liberty’s record to 7-12, while the Warriors dipped to 14-6.