Lady Eagles look to defend MCSAA state title

John Rohlf, Sports Editor
Posted 12/1/22

Despite losing several key contributors to graduation last season, the Liberty Christian Academy Lady Eagles are looking to win their third straight state title. 

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Lady Eagles look to defend MCSAA state title

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Despite losing several key contributors to graduation last season, the Liberty Christian Academy Lady Eagles are looking to win their third straight state title. 

The Liberty Christian basketball team heads into the season as winners of back-to-back Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association state titles. 

 Alli Meyer is among the key contributors returning to the Lady Eagles this season. Meyer finished last season with 7.5 points per game. She led the Lady Eagles with 6.3 assists per game and 2.5 steals per game. Kylee Ball, Lauren Moss and Anna Meyer are also key contributors from last year’s squad returning to the team this season.

While the Lady Eagles do not have the height they had last season, Liberty Christian girls basketball coach Butch Clark likes their quickness this season. He also likes their ball movement. 

Clark pointed to the Lady Eagles’ early season win against St. Louis Christian Home School earlier this season as a positive sign for Liberty Christian moving forward. 

“They were up on us most of the game going into the fourth quarter,” Clark said. “And I told the kids at halftime, sometimes you’re not winning on talent alone. You’ve got to dig deeper than that. And they did. They fought hard. Even though we didn’t play a great game, we played hard and they ended up making some plays in the fourth quarter and ended up winning.”

Clark thinks this year’s team has a chance to be pretty competitive despite a tough schedule. The Lady Eagles are 6-1 to start the season, including wins over North Point and Mississippi Valley Christian in their last two games. 

Clark is currently playing six or seven players in the normal rotation, which limits the style the Lady Eagles can play. Clark does not anticipate running a defensive press or trap most of this year because they cannot afford to get into foul trouble with their depth. Clark stressed the Eagles have the quickness to run that style of play and may try to incorporate that style later in the season. 

“I don’t have the luxury at Kansas and Duke where we get to recruit talent to fit my philosophy,” Clark said. “My philosophy all the time would be up and down the court and pressing and shooting threes and pushing the ball. That’s a fun game. But we don’t have the depth yet for that. We might by the end of the year. But right now, we’re a little stretched past our starters.”

Through seven games this season, Anna Meyer leads the Lady Eagles with over 21 points per game. Moss is averaging over 18 points per game and leads the team with 4.9 steals per game. Alli Meyer is averaging over 12 points per game and leads the Lady Eagles with over six assists per game. Ball leads the Lady Eagles with over nine rebounds per game.

Liberty Christian will continue the season Friday with a road game at Eagle Ridge Christian.

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