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There’s a team that is keeping Liberty off the basement floor of the Seminole.
That team is Amherst.
The Lancers, who seem well on their way to a winless run through the Seminole, took one on the chin Monday night.
The Lancers, though, nearly pulled off the upset.
Though the final score was 36-26, the game was a lot closer than that tally would indicate.
In fact, it was a two-point game well into the third quarter, giving the sparse, but lively, Amherst contingent of fans something about which to get excited.
The early going had all the appearance of a rout, as the Minettes raced out to an 11-3 edge in the first quarter.
The early tone was established when Haley Comer snagged a steal and converted it into a layup.
Amherst’s Aliyah Cabell responded with a nifty jumper, to tie the score at two apiece.
Liberty, though, would never trail again.
Gabbi Spinner pulled off a nice turn-around move to establish the Liberty edge.
Christy Witcher converted a pair of free throws, McKenzie Tibbs pegged a 12-footer, and Comer nailed a trey.
The sparse (presumably due to the King Holiday and the weather) Liberty fan contingent seemed ready to add a notch to the team’s “W” column.
Amherst, though, was in no condition to concede, which is remarkable, considering the team last won a Seminole game when Moby was a minnow.
Kammie Marshal earned a pair of second-quarter steals, which she converted into Lancer points.
Cabell struck again for Amherst, with a bucket.
After Tameka Glover hit a free throw, the score stood at 17-15.
The third quarter saw the Minettes put up a grand total of seven points.
That sum was four more than the Lancers were able to muster in that stanza.
In the fourth period, Amherst closed within four points, at 28-24.
But Andrea Carper hit an eight-foot jumper. Then KiKi Jones and Witcher each nailed a free throw to establish an eight-point spread with a minute remaining.
Eight players scored for Liberty, which was led by Haley Comer’s 10 points. No other Minette tallied more than four.
Both teams are young (each squad has at least as many freshmen as seniors) and that showed, at times.
If Amherst had a decent shooting touch, it may well have taken this game.
Liberty, for its part, needs to learn to put away an opponent that is down. Allowing a team such as Amherst to rally back is cause for concern.
The Minettes now have a Seminole record of 2-6, with both wins coming over the Lancers.
The team next hosts Brookville this Thursday, in a game that was originally scheduled to be played at the Beehive.
On Saturday, the team will host William Byrd.
Tuesday, the Minettes host E.C. Glass in a rare varsity doubleheader. The girls will play at 6 p.m., with the boys to follow immediately afterward.