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Liberty girls clinch first district final in decades

By Tom Williams-Vindicator, 03/01/19, 8:00AM EST

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The biggest shot of Sharda Williamson’s varsity career helped the Liberty High girls basketball team secure its first district championship game in at least 30 years.

In Wednesday’s 50-43 win over top-seeded Salem, the Leopards had an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Then the Quakers surged with a 6-0 run.

The Leopards’ Nysa Gilchrist stopped the Quakers’ run with a basket. Then Williamson took aim and launched a successful 3-pointer for a 43-36 lead.

The Quakers never recovered.

Williamson said she felt confident when she released her shot.

“It felt good so I knew it was in,” Williamson said, adding that it was “probably the biggest [basket].”

The win sends fifth-seeded Liberty (15-10) to Saturday’s Division III district final against third-seeded Southeast (19-3), which ousted second-seeded South Range, 55-50, in the other semifinal game at Struthers Fieldhouse.

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All-American Conference

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.