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Bolts tangle with Cougars, emerge abraded

Kelby Telander puts up nine to lead Liberty in 59-43 loss to CR Kennedy
Griffin Kraft looks through a forest of arms Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Kennedy High School, in Cedar Rapids. Kraft, a junior, had a four-point night in a 59-43 loss to the Cougars.

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team suffered its third consecutive loss since returning from quarantine, tangling with the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Kennedy High School. The Cougars eviscerated the Lightning, 59-43, to drop the Bolts to 5-4 overall (3-4 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division while improving to 14-6 overall and 9-4 in the MVC Valley Division.
Kelby Telander, a senior, put up Liberty’s first five points on his way to a team-high nine. Telander’s second field goal gave the Bolts a 5-4 lead, while a Grayson Tyler three-pointer, his first of two on the night, made it 8-4. Kennedy rallied back and took the first period, 13-10, and led, 25-20, at the half. Ira Hazeltine drained a three-pointer in the second period, while Telander and Dashon Fisher put in a two-point bucket apiece. Basil Aldoss closed out the quarter with a steal and a bucket.
Four consecutive three-pointers by Kennedy in the third put the Bolts into a 37-29 hole despite Tyler’s second three-pointer and baskets from Telander and Cody Schroeder. Kennedy took the period, 42-31, and increased its lead to 47-31 before Aldoss put in a two-pointer with a little over five minutes left in the game. A steal and a lay-up by Fisher made it 52-39 with just under two-and-a-half minutes remaining.
Owen Swartzendruber, Lucas Forbes, Kalhan Handoo, Colin Ramspott and Jack Abel saw floor time in the final minute. Abel put up Liberty’s final two points of the game.
The postseason starts for Liberty at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at home, against the winner of a Monday, Feb. 22, contest between Davenport North and Davenport Central. The winner advances to the Class 4A Substate 6 final on Tuesday, March 2, at a site to be determined. Burlington and Bettendorf battled on Monday with the winner taking on Pleasant Valley on Friday.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 59, Liberty High 43
Scoring— Kelby Telander 9, Grayson Tyler 7, Dashon Fisher 7, Basil Aldoss 7, Cody Schroeder 4, Griffin Kraft 4, Ira Hazeltine 3, Jack Abel 2.
3-point baskets— Tyler 2, Hazeltine 1.