Manchester girls fall in tourney final

By Eric Christiansen

WALTON -- What looked like a blowout turned into a battle until the final minute of play in the championship game of the Lewis Cass Sectional Saturday, Feb. 8.

Rochester was in complete control midway through the second quarter but needed three seconds in the final minute of the game to clinch a 39-33 win over Manchester to claim the sectional title.

Manchester’s Mackenzie Day got the Squires on the board first with a basket 50 seconds into the game.

Rochester answered, scoring the next eight points for an 8-2 lead after the first quarter.

The Zebras extended the lead to 12-2 in the second quarter before Emma Garriott’s three-pointer cut the lead to 12-5 with 6:28 left in the quarter.

Rochester led 19-11 at halftime and 29-22 going into the final quarter.

Manchester cut the lead to five points three different times but could never make it a one-possession game and ended its season with a six-point loss.

Garriott led the Squires with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists while Morgan Parrett had 10 points and six rebounds.

Day had six points and nine rebounds, Kiera Hatfield had three points and three rebounds, Ainsley West had three points and two rebounds, and Makenzy Meyer had one assist and one rebound.


Manchester 41, Wabash 26

The Squires used a 21-4 run over an 11-minute stretch to pull away from the Wabash Apaches in the semi-final round to cruise to a 41-26 win Friday, Feb. 7.

The teams traded baskets to a 7-7 first quarter tie but things changed after that.

Meyer was solid inside for the Squires with seven points, including one three-point play, to give Manchester a 17-9 lead at halftime.

A fast-break basket from Parrett on an assist from Garriott and a three-pointer from Hatfield increased the lead to 22-9.

After Wabash basket from Alivia Short, Meyer hit two free throws and Parrett scored on a jumper to give the Squires a 25-11 lead with 5:10 left in the third quarter.

Manchester held a 30-15 lead with 3:00 remaining in the quarter but Wabash fought back.

The Apaches scored the final seven points to send the teams to the fourth quarter with the Squires holding on to a 30-22 lead.

Manchester’s Parrett hit two free throws in the opening minute but the free throw line wasn’t kind to the Apaches who missed four straight.

Garriott hit a three-pointer with 5:34 left in the game for a 35-22 and the Squires held on for the win.

Hatfield led the Squires with 13 points, three rebounds and three steals, followed by Meyer with nine points and nine rebounds, while Garriott had six points, seven rebounds and three assists, Parrett had six points and five rebounds, Day had four points and two rebounds, and Stout had three points and two rebounds.

Bailey Mooney had two assists and West grabbed three rebounds.

First round

Manchester 39, Lewis Cass 22

The Manchester girls’ basketball team left no doubt they would be playing in the Lewis Cass Sectional semifinals after its convincing 39-22 win over the host Kings Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The Squires took a 13-4 lead into the second quarter and extended it to 27-8 at halftime. Manchester’s defense didn’t let Lewis Cass reach double-figure scoring in any quarter.

Beletu Stout led Manchester with 12 points, three steals and two rebounds, while Ainsley West had 11 points, three assists and two steals, and Mackenzie Day had eight points, two rebounds and one steal.

Morgan Parrett had three points, four steals and two rebounds, Bailey Mooney had three points and two assists, and Mckenzy Meyer had two points and three rebounds.

Emma Garriott added two assists and one steal, Kiera Hatfield had three steals, two rebounds and one assist, and Ranissa Shambarger had one rebound.

Posted on 2020 Feb 11