Story By Kody Smith-The Jungle was rocking as the Manchester Lady Squires dropped 61 points to defeat the Peru Tigers Saturday afternoon. Nine different players recorded points for Manchester in route to the 61-46 victory.
Peru controlled the tip to begin the afternoon, but it was the Squires who put the first two points on the board following a bucket by senior Erika Kendall on an assist from fellow senior Sydney Day. Day had a strong afternoon, including hitting a three to make it 5-0 Manchester before Peru junior Harmoni Stone would answer with two points of her own to make it 5-2 early.
Junior Kennedy Fierstos would convert on two consecutive shot attempts, as the Squires scored at will early in the contest. Another basket by Day would be answered by two consecutive Stone field goals, making it 13-6 in favor of Manchester with 3:00 to play in the quarter. The final threeminutes of the quarter were dominated by Peru sophomore Kelsie Kelley, who would bury three consecutive shot attempts, giving Peru a 15-14 advantage with under 60 seconds left in the first. Erika Kendall would be fouled with 0.4 seconds left on the clock, conveting on one of two shots from the charity stripes to conclude the first quarter at a score of 15-15.
The Squires would tighten up the defense in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 14-6 to hold a 29-21 lead at halftime. Manchester freshman Eva Bazzoni, who would check out of the first quarter with an apparent injury, but she did not seem phased at all, as she would bury a three to begin the quarter for her team. Senior Kerigan Hatfield would hit a triple of her own,
followed by a Fierstos layup for an 8-0 Squire run to start things out in the second. Junior Maegan Sinkovics and sophomore Courtlynn Crowe would hit their first shots of the contest, but Kennedy Fierstos would rain home two three-pointers in the quarter to answer right back. She would finish with three makes from downtown on the afternoon. The first half would conclude
29-21 in favor of Manchester.
Kelsie Kelley cut the deficit to just six following a make to begin the third quarter, with the Squires clinging to a 29-23 lead. She would finish the contest with 15 points. A Harmoni Stone basket would make it a four-point contest, but Fierstos’ third three-pointer of the afternoonwould give Manchester the 32-25 lead. This was truly the turning point in the contest. Multiple
buckets by Day and Kendall would result in a 16-point Manchester lead, 41-25 late in the quarter. Junior Jirni Cripe converted on just one field goal attempt from downtown with under 60 seconds left to play in the third, which gave the Squires a 47-33 advantage. Stone would hit a buzzer beater to conclude the quarter, two of her game leading 16 points.
It was the Erika Kendall show to begin the fourth quarter, as she would bury a shot from inside the lane and a pair of free throws as the Squires would advance to a 51-35 lead. With a heavy lead in the fourth quarter, multiple players off of the Squire bench got involved in the TRCcontest. Sophomore Kennidy Lauer would chip in two points, while senior Kiera Stacy would
add a bucket and a pair of free throws. A late shot from downtown by Peru’s Crowe would cut the Manchester lead to 15, but the Squires would hang on for the impressive 61-46 Three Rivers Conference victory of the Tigers. Fierstos led the Squires with 15 points, Day added 14 points, and Kendall chipped in with eight. Stone’s 16 points were met by 15 by Kelley, and Crowe
would chip in seven points for the Tigers. Manchester is now 11-10 overall on the season, with a 6-2 TRC record, while the Tigers fall to 6-13 overall on the year and 2-5 in the TRC.
Erika Kendall: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Sydney Day: 14 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Kerigan Hatfield: 5 points, 2 steals, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Kennedy Fierstos: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists
Emma West: 1 point, 2 assists
Kiera Hatfield: 1 rebound, 1 steal
Jirni Cripe: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Eva Bazzoni: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Kiera Stacy: 4 points
Kennidy Lauer: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block
Bailey Mooney: 1 steal
The Manchester junior varsity defeated Peru 44-14
Bailey Mooney- 2 assists, 2 steals
Ranissa Shambarger- 7 points, 1 rebound, 6 steals, 2 assists
Kennidy Lauer- 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Mackenzie Day- 6 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Gabbie Brewer- 7 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds
Morgan Parrett- 4 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds
Emma Garriott- 2 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 rebounds
Kyrsten Eakright- 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists
Beletu Stout- 3 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Josse Laan- 2 points, 3 rebounds
Tove Lennartsson- 2 points
Sarah Pegg- 1 steal