By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Lady Dutch, 9-5 (6-4), fell to the Grass Lake Warriors, 14-1 (10-1), at home on Feb. 15 in a Cascades conference bout, 61-32.
The Warriors hit nine three pointers on the night as their shooting pulled them away early in the second quarter.
After the opening quarter the Warriors led 15-11. Lady Dutch senior guard Avery Collins had seven of the Lady Dutch points while the Warriors were led by freshman guard Lexus Bargesser with nine.
Bargesser was the top scorer on the night, pouring in 25 points. She was a threat from deep, hitting a three pointer in each quarter, and got to the rim almost at will.
Lady Dutch freshman Mia Steele provided a spark off the bench, subbing in with 3:52 in the first for her first action. She finished the night with seven points, a block, and a rebound.
In the second quarter the Warriors started the quarter on a 14-2 run and outscored the Lady dutch 18-5 in the quarter to take a 35-16 halftime lead.
Tight Warrior defense forced Lady Dutch turnovers throughout the night, when they weren’t hitting deep jump shots, they were attacking the basket in transition. The last time these two teams met, a late second half push came up short.
This time around, the Warriors had a decisive third quarter to secure the game. Five Warriors hit the scoring column and they outscored the Lady Dutch 18-10 to take a 53-26 lead into the fourth.
When the final buzzer sounder the scored read 61-32 in favor of the Warriors.
Collins led the Lady Dutch with 13, followed by Steele. Senior forward Jayden Humphrey added a team high eight rebounds and four steals.
The Lady Dutch take on Napoleon on Feb. 18 in a rescheduled contest.