The Manchester girls basketball team was looking to gain some momentum Wednesday before their county match up with Wabash Saturday. The Lady Squires were hosting Peru and didn’t have intentions of being nice.
Peru would hit the first bucket in the game and the Squires were struggling with early turn overs. After a sloppy start Hannah Little and Kayla Flack hit back to back, giving the Squires a 4-2 lead. With play still struggling, Peru tied it at 4 when Meika Kennedy picked up her second foul, forcing her to the bench with 2:46 to go. After a Little free throw Peru would answer with a bucket and led 6-5 before Flack ended the quarter with two buckets, one a three pointer and the Squires led 10-6 after one.
Autumn Brewer and Bekah Brunn would get things started in the second quarter to go up 14-6. Up 17-10 after a Hannah Schmidt free throw, Kaylee Watson and Brewer would connect, increasing the lead to 21-10, forcing the Tigers to take a time out. Peru would close the gap to 23-18 with 18 seconds remaining. The Squires worked for the last shot, which was good by Watson at the buzzer and Manchester led 25-18 at the half.
Peru opened the third quarter by going on a 6-2 run, cutting the Squire lead to 27-24, forcing the Squires to call time out with 5:31 to go. Coming out of the time out Kennedy hit a three pointer, sandwiched between buckets from Flack and Watson and just like that the Squires were up 10 at 34-24. Peru would not go away, scoring the next four points, making it 34-28. Flack would score the final bucket of the quarter and Manchester led 36-28 with a quarter to go.
After Peru hit the first bucket of the quarter, Lindsey Budnik put the Squires on her back, hitting two free throws and two buckets to put Manchester in control 42-30 with 5:54 remaining. Malyssa Bedke then took her turn, hitting the next two buckets and the Squires had put the game out of reach at 46-31. Sydney Snep would hit the final Manchester bucket as the Squires tamed the Tigers 48-36.
Although the Squires started rocky they ended up shooting 60% from two point land and 50% from three.
Leading the Squires was Kayla Flack with 16 points, 2 assist and 5 rebounds. Kaylee Watson had 6 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound. Lindsey Budnik 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Malyssa Bedke 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Autumn Brewer 4 points, 2 assist and 6 rebounds. Meika Kennedy 3 points, 2 assist and 1 steal. Hannah Little 3 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Bekah Brunn 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal. Sydney Snep 2 points and 1 rebound. Hannah Schmidt 1 point.