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Boys basketball: Kornet leads Liberty to win

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By Dave Rogers / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

ARGYLE —Krum’s boys matched Liberty Christian shot for shot Monday night.

For two and a half minutes.

More to the point, Krum matched Warriors big man Luke Kornet for those first 150 seconds.

But Krum’s scoring slowed. Kornet’s not so much. The senior scored 15 first-quarter points and 27 in all as the Warriors walloped Krum 86-29 in the nondistrict matchup at Warrior Gym.

“We knew what he could do,” Krum coach Sam Anderson said. “He was hitting shots from inside and outside.”

The 6-foot-10 Kornet scored the game’s first points on a nearly half-court alley-oop pass from point guard Wes Hill. Then he scored his team’s second, third and fourth buckets to boot. He had 15 of Liberty Christian’s first 20 points.

By the end of the period he was 4 for 4 on two-pointers and 2 for 3 on 3-pointers, with free throws (1 of 3) definitely his Achilles’ heel. The Warriors led 30-6 after reeling off the final 24 points of the period.

For the game, Kornet was 7-of-9 inside the 3-point arc and 4-of-9 outside it to go with that 1 for 3 from the free-throw line. He scored five second-quarter points and seven in the third before joining his other starting teammates on the bench for the final period.

“Luke has always been a good shooter, and we take advantage of that,” said his dad, Warriors head coach Frank Kornet. “Even though he’s 6-10, he’s not just a post player.”

Liberty Christian improved to 17-3 on the season. The Warriors play Fort Worth Christian on Friday, then take play in the Whataburger Tournament before opening play in TAPPS Class 5A Division I competition.

Hill, Liberty Christian’s leading scorer for the season, hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points. Austin Fleet added 11. A total of 12 Warriors players scored.

“Those three [Hill, Fleet andKornet] are the heart of this team,” Frank Kornet said. “As they go, we’ll go. But tonight was definitely a team effort. Everybody stepped up and did their job.”

Anderson’s young Krum team fell to 5-15. Tyler Starnes led the Bobcats with 10 points.

Liberty Christian extended its 24-0 first-quarter run to 33 straight points and a 39-6 lead before the Bobcats started a 10-3 run of their own on a 3-pointer by Juan Campuzano. The Warriors outscored Krum 17-12 in the second period for a 47-18 halftime lead.

Krum failed to score in the third quarter, and Liberty Christian’s lead expanded to 62-18.














Krum (5-15) — Nick Perches 2, Cade Wall 1, Juan Campuzaqno 4, Zack Hughes 4, Tyler Starnes 10, Reed Flores 3, Colten Lucas 2, Travis White 3.

Liberty Christian (17-3) — Mark Slack 4, Wes Hill 16, Mitchell Rowsell 2, Daniel Fife 6, Foster Ford 8, Jacob Santos 2, Kole Kellner 2, Austin Freet 11, Luke Kornet 27, Bobby Hertzler 4, Green Newlin 2, Morgan Engel 2.