It was the first night of TRC play. Throw out the records, because on top of that it was also a county rivalry game. The youthful Northfield Lady Norse were at #16 Manchester.
Northfield was thinking upset, while the Lady Squires were defending home turf and proving their ranking is no fluke.
Northfield came out shooting with Sydney Eltzroth draining a three pointer to start the game. After a Kayla Flack bucket, Eltzroth hit again to put the Norse up 6-2 and let the Squires know they were there for more than show. Manchester would settle down and go on a 9-0 run to take an 11-6 lead. Flack, Hannah Little and Kaylee Watson would lead the run. After exchanging buckets, Manchester led 13-8 after one.
Northfield’s Caitlin Eltzroth would hit the first bucket of the second quarter before Meika Kennedy and Watson put the Squires up 17-10. This time it was a 7-0 run by Northfield. Cherish Leming had a bucket and two from Katie Stephan tied the score at 17. Manchester would out score Northfield 9-4 the rest of the quarter to lead 26-21 at the half.
The third quarter would end up being the deciding quarter, as Manchester out scored Northfield 19-11 to lead 45-32. The Squires would use their normal balanced offensive attack in the quarter with five players scoring led by Hannah Little’s 6 points. Flack added 5. Northfield was led in the quarter by Sidney Reed with 4 points.
Northfield, not willing to give in challenged the Squires in the fourth. The Norse pecked away and cut the lead to 48-38 before Kennedy would hit twice. Manchester built the lead to 57-40 after Flack’s fifth three pointer and held on for the 61-47 win.
Leading Manchester was Kayla Flack with 24 points, 4 assist, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Kaylee Watson had 12 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. Meika Kennedy had 11 points, 3 assist, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds and 7 steals. Hannah Little had 10 points, 3 assist, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Malyssa Bedke and Bekah Brunn added 2 points each. Bedke had 2 assist, 2 rebounds and 3 steals.
Leading Northfield was Sidney Reed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assist. Sydney Eltzroth had 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assist and 4 steals. Katie Stephan had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assist and 1 steal. Alyssa Richter had 4 points. Caitlin Eltzroth had had 3 points and 2 rebounds. Cherish Leming had 2 points and 3 rebounds. Kylie Echard had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Arie Kennedy had 1 rebound. Michelle Hendricks had 2 rebounds and 1 assist.