High School Sports

Life Christian loses to Liberty, 56-51, in Spokane

With a legitimate post player, a few long-armed outside shooters and an off guard who gets to the rim on anybody Life Christian Academy boys basketball coach Mark Lovelady had little to worry about on offense during the regular season.

But in the Class 2B quarterfinals Thursday, one fourth-quarter lull cost the Eagles in a back-and-forth game.

Clay Fleming scored 20 points, and Liberty of Spangle rallied to trip up Life Christian, 56-51, in the Spokane Arena.

It was just the second loss of the season for the Eagles (25-2), who play Walla Walla Academy in a loser-out consolation game Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Life Christian led for much of the game, getting superb efforts from Reid Roelofs (19 points, 7 of 13 shooting, five rebounds, four assists) and Andy Comfort (17 points).

Luke Lovelady’s putback basket at the 5:33 mark was Life Christian’s last field goal for more than four minutes.

And Liberty (25-2) took the lead for good on a 10-0 run, capped by Fleming’s lay-in with 2:44 remaining, to grab a 53-47 advantage.

“We did not have those types of (long scoring drought) situations during the regular season,” Mark Lovelady said.