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Liberty banner needs a home

03/06/2014, 10:19pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Symbol of Lions' championship might seem out of place in local rec center

Players and fans of Liberty Charter, in Lemon Grove, cheer their Division V basketball championship.

— It took one quarter before Liberty Charter finally hit its groove.

Leading the way was the senior tandem of Savannah Whitehurst and Katie Collins, who combined for 48 points to lead the Lions to a 64-39 victory Thursday over Foothills Christian in the San Diego Section Division V girls basketball title game at Sage Creek High.

Whitehurst had a double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds while Collins added 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the first title in school history.

“We practice in a rec center, so we’ll have to give some thought into where to put up this championship banner,” Liberty coach Al Silva said. “We beat the No. 1 seed and now the No. 3.”

After playing to a 9-9 tie at the conclusion of the first quarter, the Lions (19-7) erupted for 29 second-quarter points for a 38-24 halftime lead.

Foothills Christian (16-6) scored only 15 points in the second half as Christina Buksa led the Knights with 13.

“This is an amazing thing,” Whitehurst said. “This is history at our school.

“We knew what we had to do since we played them once before. It was just a matter of coming together and doing it.

“There was a lot more pressure on me. I knew we could win.”

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