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
impressive showing by Musselman, who finished the first with 10 points.
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.
January 20 beginning at 1:00.
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
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