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LIBERTY’S JESSICA DIAZ keeps her eyes focused on the basket as she takes a shot in front of Port Jervis defender Rachel Vega in Tuesday’ night’s non-league contest.

Liberty Defeated
But Not Depressed

By Ted Waddell
LIBERTY — December 23, 2005 – The Lady Red Raiders of Port Jervis posted their first win of the season by defeating the host Liberty Lady Indians 44-25 in Tuesday night’s non-league basketball game.
At halftime, Port Jervis (1-3) had racked up a 26-7 lead over Liberty (0-3).
However, the second half was even as each team scored 18 points.
Leading the Lady Red Raiders to the victory in the contest were Lacy Kehlenbeck and Lexis Heal. Kehlenbeck scored a game-high 15 points, while Heal added 10 points.
Angela Jiacocone led the Lady Indians with 11 points.
“We’re very young, starting two freshmen and no seniors,” Port Jervis Coach Tony Goff said.
The Lady Red Raiders’ coach said he was impressed with Liberty’s caliber of play and felt that the final score didn’t reflect how equal the two squads were.
“We got more shots and out on the [fast] break a little better, and Liberty played better in the half-court set,” said Goff.
Liberty Coach Tom LaGattuta said this was the Lady Indians’ first time on the court in three weeks.
“They got out on the fast break early on and we didn’t, that’s it in a nutshell,” he said.
“We’re working a lot on the basics and fundamentals,” added LaGattuta, looking ahead to the rest of the season.

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