The Manchester girls basketball team had to go the extra mile Saturday, down nine in the fourth quarter, then forcing overtime to defeat North Miami 58-49.
It could be the Squires were looking past 2-11 North Miami or it could be the Warriors are much improved. Regardless, the Lady Squires had to claw their way back, being down 9 in the fourth quarter to force overetime.
Things looked good in the first quarter as Hannah Schmidt and Kayla Flack connected on three pointers and the Squires led 12-9 after one.
The Lady Warriors would fight back in the second quarter, out scoring the Squires 14-9 and it was a dog fight with North Miami leading 23-21 at the half.
North Miami stayed on a roll coming out of the locker room, holding the Squires to four buckets while their offense went to work, out scoring Manchester 15-8 in the third and could smell the upset, leading 38-29.
The Squires being down 9 had to play the score and foul game early. The offense got going behind a Schmidt three and the Warriors couldn’t hit a free throw. Manchester scored 16 points in the quarter, while holding North Miami without a bucket. The Warriors hit just 7 of 16 free throws and the Squires had made up the 9 point deficit and forced overtime tied at 45.
Each team would score just one bucket in the overtime with the Squires bucket coming from Autumn Brewer, her only bucket of the night. Manchester would connect on 11 of 15 free throws to pull out the 58-49 win.
Leading the Squires was Hannah Schmidt with 14 points and 2 steals. Kayla Flack had 13 points, 1 assist, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Hannah Little had 10 points, 2 assist, 10 rebounds and 6 steals. Malyssa Bedke had 7 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Meika Kennedy had 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 5 steals. Kaylee watson had 6 points and 1 rebound. Autumn Brewer had 2 points, 2 assist, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Bekah Brunn had 1 rebound.