Manchester Boys/Girls Split With Rochester

Story By Kody Smith -The Manchester Squires traveled to Rochester Friday, January 19 th for a TRC clash with the Rochester High School Zebras. A slow-paced match-up gained speed in the secondhalf, thanks in large part to Manchester’s 37-point outburst, which resulted in the 58-43 victory for the Squires.

The first quarter was met by a long scoreless drought between the two schools, which was exemplified by a terrific block by senior Koehl Fluke that silenced the Rochester crowd and maintained a 7-4 Squire lead with only 20 seconds left in the quarter. However, the outstanding scoring presence of Rochester senior Jordan Reinholt was placed center-stage early in the
contest, hitting a three before the buzzer sounded to tie things up at 7-7 to end the first quarter.

A scrappy second quarter of play was met with a low scoring presence as well, with each side only mustering 9 points in the quarter. Back-to-back shots from sophomore Trey Stesiak andReinholt extended the Zebra lead by four, 11-7 with 4:50 left in the half. Manchester hits their first bucket with 3:30 remaining in the half on a shot from junior guard Brayden Casper from downtown. Fluke would follow suit with an offensive board, and he would find Mason Hamby in the lane to grab the
lead 12-11 with 2:30 left in the half. The run was quieted by Rochester, however, but Manchester’s Lester lays one in for two to answer right back. The Squires defense would force a turnover by the Zebras, whichallowed Weston Hamby to drive the lane and lay the ball in for two off of an assist from Fluke. 16-13 Squires with 1:30 left in half. Reinholt would then draw contact from Fluke as he storms into the lane, hitting his shot and the free throw to convert on the three-point play. The half would end at 16-16 as the defensive showdown would halt in the second half.

The third quarter gets underway with a miss by the Zebras which was answered by a drive to the lane and a bucket from Lester. A few ticks off the clock later, Manchester senior Mason Hamby would ​enter the scoring fray with a huge three pointer that gave the Squires a 21-18 advantage. The two squads would go basket for basket during the first half of the quarter, with buckets by Rochester’s Reinholt and Manchester’s Mason Hamby. With 4:45 left in the quarter, the Squires are up 26-20. Sophomore guard Thane Creager would check in and make an immediate statement, as he would bury a pair of shots from
downtown, to force a Zebra timeout. With 1:30 left in the quarter, the Squires would hold a 14-point advantage, 36-22. The third quarter would conclude with a score of 36-24, as the Squires would outscore the Zebras 20-8 in the quarter.

The two squads would trade buckets for the majority of the fourth quarter as well, but it was Manchester who came out on top, 58-43 to win the TRC clash on the road. Freshman Weston Hamby and senior Mason Hamby finished with 13 points each, while Kamdyn Lester threw in 10 points and Koehl Fluke with eight points. The Squires are now 5-7 overall on the season, and are now over .500 in conference play, sitting at 3-2 in the Three Rivers Conference.

Manchester Scoring : Weston Hamby 18, Thane Creager 6, Brayden Casper 8, Mason Hamby 13, Kam Lester 10, Koehl Fluke 3

The Manchester High School girl’s squad joined the boy’s team as they travelled to Rochester High School on Friday, January 19 in a TRC contest. The Squires looked to spoil senior night for the Zebras, but a wild game escaped their grasp, as the Zebras would leave senior night victorious with a final score of 40-27. Defense reigned supreme in this contest, as Rochester was silenced completely during the third quarter of action.
The first quarter saw a 60 second scoring drought before Zebra senior Kennedy Musselman would drain a three to make it 3-0 Zebras early. Musselman would make a statement again as she caught a lob pass down low and hits the shot, getting fouled in the process. She converted on the three-point opportunity, and Rochester’s sophomore Maci Brown would hit another three to make it 9-0 early, which forced a Manchester timeout. Senior Morgan Ruff hit a three following the timeout for Rochester, but was quickly answered by the first three points of the contest by the Squires after a three-pointer nailed by junior guard Kennedy Fierstos, her first of three 3-point field goals for the evening. The first quarter would end at 19-4, following an
impressive showing by Musselman, who finished the first with 10 points.
Quarter number two would begin with a two-minute dry spell that was ended by a three by Kennedy Fierstos, making it 19-7 Zebras with 6:00 left in the half. Both teams really struggled on the offensive side of the ball this quarter, as the Squires were only outscoring the Zebras 3-1 with 4:30 remaining in the half. Musselman hit a deep shot for two from the corner, but it was immediately answered by freshman Eva Bazzoni as she drilled a three. She was not done there, however, as she would hit another triple to make it 25-13 Rochester. Bazzoni had ​seven points at this point in the ball game. The half ended at a score of 25-14 in favor of Rochester, but the Squires had the 10-6 advantage in the quarter.
Only six points were scored between the two squads in the third quarter, with the Squires possessing each one of those scores. A scary moment for both teams as early in the quarter, Manchester guard Emma West, who finished the contest with five points, would drive the lane hard and draw a lot of contact from Musselman, as both players found it difficult to get their
footing afterwards. Thankfully, the two warriors toughed it out and only spent moments on their respective benches, checking back into the game after gaining composure. Squire senior Sydney Day would force a Zebras timeout after driving the lane and drawing contact. The attempt to freeze Day at the line succeeded, as she missed two crucial free throws. Eva Bazzoni would bankin another three-pointer, her third of the contest to make it 25-19 Rochester with under 60 seconds remaining in the quarter. Bazzoni would finish the contest with 10 points for the Squires.At the end of the quarter, Bazzoni would force a turnover, followed by an Emma West drive as she drew a foul as time expired. She hit one of two free throws, ending the quarter 25-20. Rochester was blanked in this quarter, as the Squires cut the deficit to five entering the final quarter of regulation.
Following a Rochester foul, West would snag an inbound pass and lay it in for two, bringing the Squires within three, 25-22. That deficit was cut short by Brown, who would hit the first Rochester bucket of the quarter and their first since the first half of play. Senior Emma Dahlquist hit her first bucket at a crucial point for the Zebras, extending the lead to 29-22 with 6:00 left in regulation. Following another bucket by West, the Squires trailed by seven with 5:00 left. Fierstos would hit a second-chance three pointer following an offensive rebound and assist from senior Sydney Day cutting the score to 34-27 Zebras. With 2:09 remaining, Ruff, who hit ​11 free throws on the evening in route to 14 points, hit both shots from the charity stripe. That Fierstos bucket would be the last for Manchester, however, as the Zebras would then go on an 8-0 run to end the contest, sending their seniors out with a win to celebrate senior night, 40-27. Rochester is now 14-7 overall on the season, and 7-1 in the TRC. Manchester sits at .500 on the year, with a 10-10 record and a 5-2 TRC record. The Squires host the Peru Tigers on Saturday,
January 20 beginning at 1:00.
Erika Kendall: 1 point, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Sydney Day: 2 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Kerigan Hatfield: 2 steals, 4 rebounds
Kennedy Fierstos: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Emma West: 5 points, 1 steal
Kiera Hatfield: 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Jirni Cripe: 1 rebound
Eva Bazzoni: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
The Manchester junior varsity girls defeated Rochester 41-22
Bailey Mooney- 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals
Ranissa Shambarger- 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists
Kennidy Lauer- 2 points, 1 assist
Mackenzie Day- 6 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Gabbie Brewer- 2 points, 1 steal, 1 rebound, 2 assist
Morgan Parrett- 2 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds
Emma Garriott- 3 points, 7 steals, 2 rebounds
Kyrsten Eakright- 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists
Beletu Stout- 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Josse Laan- 2 rebounds

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