March 11, 2016

Liberty unable to claw their way past LeRoy

Liberty's shots fell anywhere but through the orange hoop in their state semifinal contest against LeRoy early Friday afternoon. Scoring just 8 points in the first half on a frustrating 3-for-23 start, the Eagles fell 48-32 to eventual Class 1A champions LeRoy at the IHSA Basketball State Finals.

Entering the Final Four with a record of 29-4, it was the third time in program history the Eagles had a shot at a state title. In 2005 and 1981, Liberty finished the season with fourth place trophies.

Starters Reed Wolfmeyer and Tayton Roe led Liberty's scoring effort. Roe, who was 2-for-2 from the free throw line, finished with 12 points. Wolfmeyer buoyed his team with 10 points and 4 steals. Cole Wellman was credited with 6 of the team's 25 rebounds and chipped in 5 points in the loss.

LeRoy (27-5) was led by D1 star Matt Chastain. The 6'6', 190-lb senior led all scorers with 20 points - 6 under his season average - and hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds off the glass. Teammate Nick Perry contributed 10 points, three shy of the pair defeating Liberty by themselves.

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