The Manchester Lady Squires were at home for the first time Friday hosting Mississinewa. The Lady Squires used a strong second half, holding the Indians to just 8 second half points on their way to a 33-21 win.
Manchester took a 2-0 lead on two Celina Carter free throws and led 4-2 after a Bailey Sewell bucket before the Indians scored 7 straight to end the quarter and led the Squires 9-4 after one.
Manchester got the first bucket of the second quarter, which was a three from Rae Bedke to make it 9-7 when Mississinewa scored 4 straight to open a 13-7 lead. Celina Carter then hit two free throws and the Squires got a late bucket from Cierra Carter to close the gap to 13-11 at halftime.
Manchester would make some adjustments and the half, coming out and owning the second half. The Lady Squires would score the first 10 points of the third quarter with Cierra Carter getting it started. Celina Carter would then score, followed by two Bailey Sewell buckets and one from Rae Bedke to lead 21-13. Mississinewa would chip away at the Manchester lead and had it cut to 25-21 when Tiffany Johnson grabbed and offensive rebound, putting it back up and in right before the buzzer to give Manchester a 27-21 lead with a quarter to go.
Dominating on both ends of the floor, the Lady Squires did the almost impossible in the fourth quarter by holding the Indians scoreless. Manchester got buckets from Cierra Carter, Celina Carter and Drew Thompson to win their first game of the year 33-21.
Leading Manchester was Cierra Carter and Celina Carter with 8 points each. Bailey Sewell added 6, Rae Bedke 5, Ellie Milam 2, Tiffany Johnson 2, Drew Thompson 2.
The Manchester junior varsity fell to Mississinewa 30-27.
Leading the Lady Squires was Erika Kendall and Sydney Day with 10 points each. Bethany Collett added 5, Kiera Stacy 2.