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Lightning almost strikes the Lions

McPherson puts up 19 points, Ono-Fullard has 18 as Liberty falls 58-51 to Linn-Mar

MARION– Liberty High’s varsity girls dropped to 1-10 on the season Tuesday, Jan. 21, after falling 58-51 to Linn-Mar in the Lions’ den. The Lightning trailed 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, but out-scored the Lions 15-9 in the second period for a 29-28-halftime lead. Linn-Mar retook the lead in the third and held a 39-36 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Sam McPherson, a senior, led the Bolts with 19 points (including four three-point baskets) while freshman Keiko Ono-Fullard put up 18 (with a pair of three-pointers). McPherson and freshman Kennedy Daugherty had eight rebounds each.
The win improved Linn-Mar’s record to 3-9 and snapped a two-game losing streak with losses to Iowa City, City High and Iowa City West High. The Bolts’ loss added to a six-game losing streak, after the only win of the season, against Waterloo East (66-41) back on Dec. 13, 2019.
Liberty travels to Waterloo East for the second meeting of the season on Friday, Jan. 31, with a 7:30 p.m. varsity tip-off. The Bolts stay on the road Tuesday, Feb. 4, with a 7:30 p.m. trip to Cedar Rapids Kennedy and welcome Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Friday, Feb. 7.

Linn-Mar 58, Liberty High 51
Scoring — Sam McPherson 19, Keiko Ono-Fullard 18, Ava Meyer 7, Kennedy Daugherty 5, Avery Gaudet 2.
3-point goals — McPherson 4, Ono-Fullard 2, Meyer 1.