Prep girls basketball: Liberty 54, Juanita 51
Devin Anderson hits two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to seal the win
Special to The Seattle Times
RENTON — Liberty built a 25-point lead after three quarters, watched all but one point of it melt away over the first 7 minutes, 28 seconds of the fourth quarter, then got two huge defensive plays in the final six seconds to preserve a 54-51 KingCo victory over Juanita Friday night.
A win in the final moments
Leading just 52-51, Liberty freshman point guard Makena Carr stood her ground and drew a charging foul on Tea Adams in the lane with six seconds left. The foul was the fifth for Adams, who had scored 17 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth-quarter.
But on the ensuing inbound play, the Patriots couldn’t get the ball in. The officials didn’t see a frantic Liberty coach Carly Fromdahl trying to call timeout.
With one final chance, Juanita got the ball in to Taylor Byrne along the left baseline. Byrne’s hurried 15-footer was short and rebounded by Liberty’s Devin Anderson.
Anderson was fouled with 2.1 seconds left, marched to the other end and sank two free throws for the final margin.
“We played an excellent first half. We got that big lead, then just got a little slap happy,” Fromdahl said.
The 2A No. 8 Patriots (2-1) may have dropped 3A No. 8 Juanita to 0-3 in this early season, but they didn’t do it without a cost. Alissa Campbell, Avery Granberg and Carr suffered injuries.
“We’re all going to take it easy this weekend,” said Granberg, who scored a team-high 14 to pace Liberty.
— Avery Granberg, Liberty senior: “I really appreciate that we got this win, at home. I think (in the fourth) we started to worry too much about the other team scoring, and lost our fast break we like to do.”
— Carly Fromdahl, Liberty coach: “Our seniors really wanted this one, to play Juanita at home. We just can’t let one girl do it all (as Adams did in the fourth).”