It was a defensive battle at Wabash Saturday as the Lady Apaches played host to the Manchester Lady Squires, as the Apaches won a slow down game 39-29.
Cierra Carter would give the Squires a 2-0 lead before Claire Cromer knotted the score with a bucket and then gave Wabash a 4-2 lead with two free throws. Bailey Sewell would tie the score at 4 when Shelby Stone connected from behind the arch and was followed by a Madison Barden free throw to put Wabash up 8-4 midway through the quarter. Celina Carter would then score on an offensive rebound to make it 8-6. Again Cromer would hit, then score on a back door pass from Kristin Cromer to end the quarter with Wabash leading 12-8.
The Apaches would build their lead early in the second when Cromer hit two free throws and was followed by Sydni Mullett connecting for a 16-8 lead when the Squires got a three from Drew Thompson to close the gap to 16-11. The Lady Apaches would then score 5 straight to go up 10 at 21-11 when Thompson drained a two, but Cromer answered the two with free throws as Wabash led 23-13 at the half.
Things would really slow down in the third as just 8 total points were scored. Sydni Mullett hit two minutes in to the quarter to put Wabash up 25-13 when Bailey Sewell would score the lone Squire point on a free throw. Sarah Puckett would score her second bucket of the game and was followed by Cromer converting a three point play with 2:17 remaining that would be the final points of the quarter. Wabash led 30-14 with a quarter to go.
In the fourth the Lady Squires would push the ball on offense trying to play catch up, while fouling on defense to stop the clock. The Lady Squires out scored Wabash 15-9 in the quarter with the Apaches converting 7 free throws as Wabash went on to win 39-29.
Leading Wabash was Claire Cromer with 17 points. Sydni Mullett added 6, Shelby Stone 4, Sarah Puckett 4, Madison Barden 3, Jaycee Parrett 2, Katie McCauley 2, Sarah Ritter 1.
Leading Manchester was Bailey Sewell with 8 points. Drew Thompson added 7, Celina Carter 6, Cierra Carter 6, Rae Bedke 2.
Wabash won the junior varsity game 47-35.
Leading Wabash was Bailey Yoakum with 15 points. Katie McCauley added 13, Jaycee Parrett 12, Sabrina Wagner 5, Breanne Sewell 2.
Leading Manchester was Bethany Collett with 22 points. Rachel Cave added 8, Elizabeth Anguilm 3, Abby Smith 2.