Lady Squires fall in sectional opener

The Manchester girls basketball team ended its season with a 62-50 loss to Carroll (Flora) Saturday night, Feb. 5, in the opening round of the Lewis-Cass Sectional.

Carroll entered the sectional with a 15-7 record compared to Manchester’s 3-19. But the Lady Squires stayed close with the Lady Cougars throughout the game.

Carroll took an 18-15 lead in a high scoring first quarter, then slowed Manchester down in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Squires 14-9 to take a 32-24 halftime lead.

The Lady Squires stayed with Carroll in the third quarter with both teams scoring 12 points for a 44-36 Lady Cougar advantage.

Carroll got the lead to double-digits in the final two minutes to hold off Manchester from getting any closer.

After the game, Manchester head coach Allison Kauffman broke down the season.

“Overall, from the bench to the court, this team played with heart and supported one another,” Kauffman said. “It is a tough ending to a season, but we couldn’t be more proud of the growth and character these young women have shown all season.”
Freshman Brookleynn Buzzard led Manchester with a career-high 22 points, along with two steals, two rebounds, and two assists.

Gracie Lauer ended the game with eight points and four rebounds, followed by Keilan Creager with six points, nine rebounds, and two assists, Ainsley West with five points and five rebounds, and Makenzy Meyer with five points and eight rebounds.

Molly Schannep added two points, while Aliala Atienza and Maddy Miller each had one point.

Despite finishing the season with just three wins, all three wins came against Three Rivers Conference teams, which put them in a tie for sixth place in the conference.

Posted on 2022 Feb 09