Story By Kody Smith : Seniors Mason Hamby and Koehl Fluke, as well as freshman Weston Hamby combined for 48 points for Manchester, outscoring the entire Tippecanoe Valley roster. The Squires defeated the Vikings 63-42 on Friday, January 26. Valley improved in scoring each quarter, but it was Manchester who held a firm grasp on the tempo of the contest.
Valley sophomore Tanner Trippiedi began the contest with two of his four made free throw attempts on the evening, giving the Vikings an early 2-0 lead. This would be the only lead for Tippecanoe Valley of the night. Two buckets by Manchester junior Brayden Casper, as well as a triple off the hands of Fluke gave the Squires a 7-2 lead, and Manchester would never look
back. Mason Hamby would score four in the quarter, with Casper hitting another contested shot inside to guide the Squires to a 19-8 advantage in the first quarter. Casper scored six of his nine points in quarter number one.
Mason Hamby would start the second quarter with a bang, splitting the defense and laying the ball off the glass with the left hand for two. 21-8 Manchester with 6:40 on the clock. Valley junior Parkur Dalrymple ended an almost four-minute dry spell for Vikings, creating his own shot for a tough two points. However, Weston Hamby would respond immediately, burying a triple from way downtown giving the Squires a comfortable 24-10 lead with 3:30 left in the half. With two minutes left in the quarter, Mason Hamby’s fine evening continued, sinking one of two of his three-point field goals giving his squad a 28-12 advantage. The Vikings would strike last in the half, as Jace Potter would sink a two-point jumper to end the quarter. The Squires held a 28-16 lead heading into halftime.
Just like the second quarter, Mason Hamby began the scoring fray with a breakaway layup to start the third. He would then follow a Koehl Fluke free throw with a jumper from the top of the key, his sixth make of the night from the field. Junior Kamdyn Lester was quiet on the offensive end, but chipped in a pair of free throws, giving the Squires the 35-22 advantage with
2:40 remaining in the quarter. Wes Malanson would sink a shot with time running down for the Vikings, but Koehl Fluke would nail a corner three as the buzzer sounded, ending the third quarter with a 42-27 Manchester lead. Fluke’s night concluded with 15 points, including five made free throw attempts.
Junior Konrad Borgmann started the fourth quarter with his first and only bucket of the night, a toughly contested shot that gave the Squires a 17-point advantage. Mason Hamby’s night was capped off in the fourth, burying his final three of the night as well as a make from the charity stripe. He finished his impressive offensive evening with 18 points. With 4:05 remaining,
Mason would find Weston Hamby on an inside-out pass for three, as the Squires now led by twenty points, 53-33. The freshman Weston Hamby finished the night with 13 points. SophomoreThane Creager, who saw playing time in the JV contest, buried a three pointer as well in the varsity match-up.
Although the Vikings saw seven different scorers on the night, it was not enough to combat Manchester’s offense, with the Squires cruising to the 63-42 TRC victory. Manchester is now 7-7 overall on the year, with a 4-2 TRC record. Valley falls to 2-12 overall, with no wins in TRC play thus far.
Scoring : Weston Hamby 13, Thane Creager 3, Brayden casper 9, Mason Hamby 18, Kam Lester 2, Koehl Fluke 15, Konrad Borgmann 2, Austin Underwood 1.