The Olentangy Liberty girls lacrosse team added another signature win to its already stellar season, more than doubling up visiting Bishop Watterson, which entered the matchup with an 11-2 record, Thursday night in Powell.
The Patriots, who improved to 13-2 with the 20-9 win — their ninth straight — set the tone with a dominant first half. Makena Harrington scored less than a minute in to set the school record for career points, then scored again a few seconds later to make it 2-0.
Harrington’s third ballooned the lead to three and, after Watterson got on the board at the 20:53 mark of the first half, Liberty scored the next five to take control.
Brenna Heffernan scored off a nice feed from Syd Frantz to make it 4-1 before Corinna Hilmas, Heffernan, Lexi Bird and Isabelle Pohmer found the back of the net to punctuate the run.
Already up big, the Patriots only added to their lead the rest of the half. Isabelle Pohmer and Madeline Pohmer traded goals with the Eagles, who still trailed 10-4 with just more than eight minutes left until the half.
Madeline and Isabelle Pohmer then combined to score two straight, bumping the edge to 12-4, before Harrington scored off a feed from Isabelle Pohmer to make it a 13-5 game at the break.
The second half featured more of the same as Liberty led by as many as 12 goals, 20-8, when Himas scored with 5:46 left.
Next up, the Patriots will host rival Olentangy Orange Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
Olentangy Berlin picked up a solid win on the road, outlasting host Westerville North 10-7 Thursday night.
Tate Chorey led the charge with four goals and an assist while Jonny Garn found the back of the net three times. Other standouts included Braylon Lopez, who had a goal to go with two assists; and Casen Ward, who had two helpers of his own.
Carson Lanfersiek was solid in goal, finishing with eight saves in the win.
Olentangy Liberty 16, Olentangy 7
The Patriots parlayed a dominant first half into a solid win over the rival Braves Thursday night in Lewis Center.
Liberty, which led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, outscored Olentangy 5-0 in the second to take a commanding 8-2 edge into the intermission. Braydon Spencer scored twice during the spurt, while Keegan Kuhns scored off a feed from Jake Struck to punctuate the run.
Kuhns answered a pair of Olentangy scores with a goal to make it 10-4 midway through the third as the Patriots pulled away.