Girls Basketball Wins Big for Senior Night

The Liberty Girls Varsity Basketball Team won a big game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at home last Friday, February 7th, for their senior night.


Libby Allen

Senior Neshy Byrd, number 45, drives to the hoop.

The Liberty Girls Varsity Basketball picked up a big and significant win last Friday, Feb. 7. The Liberty Girls hosted Cedar Rapids Jefferson at home for their senior night and grabbed the win, 63-44, to close out the night. 

The Bolts faced a lot of adversity throughout the game and had many reasons to quit early. However, the thought of quitting did not cross the mind of a single Liberty player the whole game. Going into the second quarter, the Bolts were down 3-7 to the Jefferson J-Hawks, but did not give into the pressure. Liberty rallied in points and defensive efforts and took the lead into halftime, 26-17. 

“As a team we played very well. We started off slow, but once our shots started we got into a good rhythm,” said Neshy Byrd, senior. 

A powerful combination of Liberty seniors helped pave the way to victory last Friday night. Seniors Isabel Smith, Sam McPherson, Erica Heisdorffer, and Byrd put together a combined amount of 35 points. Standout freshmen Daugherty Kennedy and Keiko Ono-Fullard both put up 8 points on the board, and Ono-Fullard snagged 7 rebounds as well. Haley Napoli, sophomore, also took a key role in the Bolt victory by scoring an impressive 12 points.

Top Performer

The top performer of the night was Byrd. Byrd put up a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  With little play time throughout the whole season so far, Byrd definitely turned heads and impressed the gymnasium with her abilities.

“Rebounding played a big part and how I played. Being there to put shots back up boosted my confidence,” said Byrd.

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