Ex Southwood boys junior varsity coach Joel Burrus brought his Caston Lady Comets to Manchester Thursday and ran in to a relentless defense by the Lady Squires. Manchester shut out Caston in the first and fourth quarters as they struggled offensively themselves in a 26-9 win over the Comets to move to 4-3 for the season.
Manchester’s first bucket came on a Cierra Carter put back to lead 2-0 when the well went dry on both ends. The Lady Squires finally broke the ice with 2:08 remaining when Tiffany Johnson scored off an offensive rebound. Carter would then score her second bucket and was followed by a Bailey Sewell rebound bucket to end the quarter with Manchester leading 8-0.
Manchester scored early in the second on a Cierra carter bucket as the Squires couldn’t find the bucket the remainder of the quarter, but held the Comets to just two buckets and led 10-4 at the half.
Celina Carter got the first points of the third quarter off two free throws. At 12-6 Bailey Sewell would connect to make it 14-6. With the score at 14-9 Sewell would score once more on an offensive rebound bucket with .20 left as Manchester led 16-9 with a quarter to go.
The fourth quarter would be all Squires as the defense shut out the Comets for a second time while scoring 10 points. Celina Carter got the scoring going and was followed by Sewell with back to back buckets to make it 22-9. Cierra Carter would hit two free throws with Rae Bedke and Sydney Day each hitting a free throw down the stretch for the 26-9 final.
Leading Manchester was Cierra Carter and Bailey Sewell with 8 points each. Celina Carter added 6, Tiffany Johnson 2, Sydney Day 1, Rae Bedke 1.
The junior varsity defeated Caston 38-22.
Abby Smith led Manchester with 10 points. Sydney Day, Elizabeth Anguilm and Bethany Collett each had 6 points.