The Manchester girls varsity basketball team had a slow start and then came back to defeat Southwood Friday night 37-31 to raise their record to 6-2 and 3-0 TRC. After a double over time game before them the two teams went to battle in a see saw game.
The first quarter was all Southwood and Abby Harness. The Lady Knights pounded the ball inside to Harness and took a quick 7-0 lead with Harness scoring 6 of the points. Manchester could only garner two free throws, one each by Kayla Flack and Hannah Little. Southwood lead 7-2 after one quarter.
Manchester would turn the tide in the second quarter, out scoring Southwood 13-5, eventually taking the lead at 12-11 with 2:32 to go on two free throws by Lindsey Budnik. Manchester did not hit their first bucket of the game until 6:40 in the quarter. Erika Milam broke the ice. The Lady Squires would take their largest lead at 15-11 on a Kaylee Watson bucket. The half ended with Manchester leading 15-12.
The Manchester depth, plus some Southwood sickness would take its toll in the third quarter. Manchester had 7 different players score in the quarter, holding Southwood to just two buckets, one a three pointer by Katelyn Smith, out scoring the Lady Knights 17-8. Bekah Brunn lead the Lady Squire attack with 4 points. Manchester lead 32-20 after three.
Southwood would try to claw their way back in the final quarter. The Lady Knights would out score Manchester 11-5 in quarter number four, closing to 34-29 on a Sarah White three point play. Flack answered with a bucket to stop the run and the two teams traded free throws in the final 40 seconds for the 37-31 final.
Manchester had nine players in the scoring column. Leading the Lady Squires was Hanna Schmidt with 7 points, Erika Milam 6, Kayla Flack 5, Bekah Brunn and Kaylee Watson 4, Meika Kennedy, Lindsey Budnik and Hannah Little with 3 and Autumn Brewer with 2.
Leading Southwood was Sarah White and Abby Harness with 9 points each. Katelyn Smith had 7, Ana Marie Farlow 4 and Mollie Harnish with 2.