COLLEGE STATION — After breaking a five-year streak of playing for a TAPPS state championship last season, the Liberty Christian girls basketball team is back in the state tournament.
The Lady Warriors used a strong defensive effort to top fifth-ranked San Antonio Antonian 53-33 in the second round of the TAPPS 5A playoffs at A&M Consolidated High School on Saturday.
“A lot of the kids have never played in a varsity playoff game until last night [Friday],” Liberty Christian head coach Ken Burroughs said. “Defensively, both nights we were real strong, especially in the third quarter. We had some struggles offensively, but we played really well defensively and rebounded the ball very well.”
Liberty (24-14) will now face Houston St. Agnes, which knocked off top-ranked Dallas Bishop Lynch on Saturday, at 6 p.m. Friday at Mansfield Timberview for the right to play in the championship game.
Sydney Goodson led all scorers with 19 points for the Lady Warriors, while Rebekah Hand added 13 points and RayVon Christian chipped in 10.
The Liberty Christian boys also advanced with a win over San Antonio Central Catholic and will move on to face district foe Fort Worth Nolan Catholic at 9 p.m. Friday at Timberview for the right to play in Saturday’s state championship game.
Liberty Christian 53, San Antonio Antonian 33
Liberty Christian 8 17 14 14 — 53
Antonian 8 11 2 12 — 33
Liberty Christian (24-14) — Sydney Goodson 19, Rebekah Hand 13, RayVon Christian 10, Hannah Hand 7, Kendall Ellig 4.
Antonian (30-6) — Jackie Anderson 13, Gabby Molina 8, Aleesa Gardner 3, Jasmine Howard 3, Amanda Yina 2, Britney Parker 2, Victoria Brionas 2.