The Lady Vikings of Tippecanoe Valley secured a 48-41 victory over the Lady Squires of Manchester High School on Thursday, January 28, thanks in large-part to their shooting from behind-the-arc. The Vikings would drill seven shots from downtown in route to the victory. However, it was a memorable senior night as the Squires celebrated the careers of seven terrific
players and managers who each made an impact on Manchester high school.
All five senior players on Manchester’s roster were given the starting nod by head coach Jake Everett, as they each played their final regular season contest inside the Jungle. The Vikingswon the tip, however, it was the Squires who got on the board first as senior Kerigan Hatfield fittingly nailed a three-point jumper to start the action. Senior Erika Kendall enjoyed a well-
played senior night as well, hitting two consecutive buckets off of assists from junior Kennedy Fierstos. The Squires were off to a hot start, leading 7-2 over Valley with 4:25 remaining in the quarter. Valley’s junior Sophie Bussard was off to a hot start in this contest, scoring the first 10 points of the quarter for the Vikings, including a three-point jumper. Fierstos would hit one of herthree 3-point field goals to give the Squires the 12-10 advantage with 2:30 left in the first. This shot from downtown was a record-setter for Fierstos, as she is now the lady Squires’ all-time leader in made three-point field goals with 50 on the season. A three-pointer by senior Addy Miller is answered by Kendall again, as she converts her third shot attempt into points. 14-13
Squires with time winding down. Before the buzzer to signal the end of the quarter, Miller would find the bottom of the bucket again to give the Vikings a 16-14 advantage heading into quarter number two.
Following a 1:15 scoreless drought in the second, Bussard’s hot streak continued following a baseline drive. She has 12 points at this point in the contest. At the 5:30 mark in the quarter, senior Sydney Day would hit her first bucket of the contest, which was answered by Valley sophomore Jillian Walls with her first and only three pointer of the game. Fierstos would sink another triple after the Valley bucket, cutting the lead to 24-19 with 3:30 remaining in the half. Erika Kendall with her fourth field goal made cut the deficit to three with two minutes left. However, a two-minute scoreless frame would spell the end of the half, with the Vikings leading 24-21.
Three straight Valley makes would extend their lead to 30-21 to start the third quarter, as the Squires just had no answer to the defensive pressure applied by the Vikings. The 6-0 four-minute run was finally ended by Fierstos, as she converted two free throw attempts to bring the game within seven. With two minutes left in the quarter, Kendall would snag a hard fought
rebound, and would convert on two free throw attempts to bring the score to 30-25. Kendall finished the contest with 11 points to cap off an excellent performance on senior night. Freshman Eva Bazzoni would respond to a baseline jumper by Miller with a shot of her own, which would end the third quarter 32-28.
A steal and a breakaway layup by Bussard gave the Vikings a six-point lead to begin the quarter. She would finish with 22 points on the evening. Fierstos would then nail her third three-pointer of the contest, trimming the Valley lead to 34-31. A steal by sophomore Kiera Hatfield would catch Addy Miller off guard, as she drew contact and hit both attempts from the line,
bringing the score to 34-33. Miller would make up for the turnover, sinking the shot from beyond the perimeter, giving the Vikings a 37-33 lead with 6:15 left. The crowd inside the Jungle was anxious as Day would receive an excellent pass from Fierstos, driving the lane and laying the ball in for two. 37-35 is now the score. Valley sophomore Emily Peterson would hit her second three-pointer of the night, but Kendall would bury a free throw and Kerigan Hatfield sank a huge three-ball, bringing the score to 40-39 with just over three minutes left to play. However, the Vikings would catch fire to end the contest, forcing back-to-back turnovers by the Squries, scoring six points in the process. The Squires would fall to the Vikings 48-41, but Sydney Day had the last laugh, as she sank a breakaway layup for her final basket on her home floor. Tippecanoe Valley advances to 19-3 overall on the season, and are now 7-2 in the TRC. Manchester falls to 11-12 overall on the year, with a 6-3 TRC record. Congratulations to Manchester seniors Sydney Day, Kerigan Hatfield, Kiera Stacy, Erika Kendall, and Emily Mize on terrific playing careers at Manchester.
Erika Kendall: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Sydney Day: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Kerigan Hatfield: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Kennedy Fierstos: 13 points, 3 assists, 1 steal
Emma West: 1 point, 3 assists, 2 rebounds
Kiera Hatfield: 2 points, 1 steal
Eva Bazzoni: 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
Kiera Stacy: 1 assist, 1 rebound
The Manchester junior varsity fell to valley 30-28
Bailey Mooney- 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Ranissa Shambarger- 8 points, 2 rebounds
Kennidy Lauer- 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Mackenzie Day- 1 point, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Gabbie Brewer- 6 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Morgan Parrett- 2 steals, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Emma Garriott- 4 points, 2 steals, 1 assist
Kyrsten Eakright- 5 points, 1 rebound
Beletu Stout- 1 rebound