Liberty guard Delia Watson said it all, though she really didn’t have the words to say anything following the Leopards’ 63-55 loss to Southeast in a Division III district final Saturday at Struthers Fieldhouse.
“I’m speechless,” Watson said. “We had the game in our hands and it just fell right out. It’s sad.”
Liberty (15-11) led by as many as 10 with just more than three minutes remaining but surrendered a 20-2 run to close the game.
“There was a critical turnover there at the end, after that, our fate was pretty much sealed,” Liberty coach Deidre Watson said. “We talked about [learning how to win at this level] a lot.
“This is a bigger stage, a bigger crowd and there are more nerves. When Sharda [Williamson] fouled out at the end, our ballhandler was gone.
“Zionne [Newkirk] fouled out earlier. She may not be big on the scoreboard, but she controlled the paint. [Andrea Radcliff] was scoring big points for them inside and that hurt us a lot.”
Radcliff scored 12 points over the final 3:11 on her way to a game-high 24 for the Pirates. Halle Morehead and Rachel Neer each chipped in with 13 points for Southeast.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.