It took an overtime session to accomplish, but Liberty Academy’s girls recorded their 12th straight state title by outlasting Lakewood Christian 48-38 Saturday afternoon in the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association Class 2A state title game.


12 and counting.
It took an overtime session to accomplish, but Liberty Academy’s girls recorded their 12th straight state title by outlasting Lakewood Christian 48-38 Saturday afternoon in the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association Class 2A state title game.
“These young ladies have done a great job of keeping up the Liberty Academy tradition,” head coach Teresa Fowler said. “They fight really hard. We actually played better in overtime than we played in the whole game. I just don’t know what else to say.”
Charity Fowler, daughter of Teresa Fowler and the only Liberty Academy senior, showcased her talent with 35 points in her final high school game.
After scoring just five points in the opening half, Charity netted 19 points in the second half, then 11 more in the overtime. Regulation play finished with a tie at 35 and Liberty outscored Lakewood 13-3 in the overtime.
Fowler had two field goals in the OT to go along with a 7-of-8 outing from the free-throw line. For the game, Fowler was 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the charity stripe.
Teammates Kelsee Crawley and Tiffany Wilson chipped in with eight and five points, respectively.
Liberty Academy had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed three free throws with three seconds to play.
Lakewood Christian, located in McAlester, led virtually the entire game before Liberty tied the game late in the fourth quarter.
The two squads met in the 2010-11 season opener and Liberty Academy prevailed by nine points.
Charity Fowler signed a basketball letter of intent with Oklahoma Baptist University in October.
“When Charity was younger, she led by example,” Teresa Fowler said. “She’s more verbal now. She will take charge on the floor. She can dominate when the chips are down and she will give you 110 percent. She is one of those players who gets other girls to play better. She has been a blessing to coach.”