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By: Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com

The Manchester Lady Dutch Girls basketball team, 10-5 (7-4), picked up a much needed win on Feb. 18 as they traveled to Napoleon and defeated the Pirates, 3-10 (3-7), 55-27.

Still making up games that were cancelled due to inclement weather earlier this season, the win was a much-needed boost for the Lady Dutch who had dropped two of their last three games. 

“It was huge,” said Manchester head coach Corey Fether on the importance of the win. “We’re not as positive as we need to be, hopefully we’ll build off this into Wednesday and next week and we can keep it going.”

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A strong first half helped the Lady Dutch pull away early as they look to finish the season strong before post season play beginning Mar. 3.

After the opening quarter the Lady Dutch led 18-6.  The Lady Dutch started the game on a 10-0 run with the Pirates not getting on the board five or so minutes into the game. Lady Dutch senior guard had 14 of those 16 points as she finished with a game high 26 points. 

In the second quarter the Pirate offense saw more success with sophomore guard Rebecca Daoust and senior forward Madyson Bacon combining for 8 of the Pirates 10 points as they outscored the Lady Dutch 10-6 to cut the halftime lead to 24-16 for the Lady Dutch. 

One the trademark characteristics of Fether’s team is a strong third quarter and Feb. 18 was no different. They only allowed two Pirate field goals and outscored the Pirates 19-4 including a 13-0 run to end the quarter to take a commanding 43-20 lead. 

The two teams traded buckets in the fourth quarter as the Lady Dutch won 55-27. 

Collins led the team with 27 points, senior forward Jayden Humphrey had a team high eight rebounds, eight assists, and nine steals in addition to six points. Senior guard Mackenzie Pietrzyk had nine points, junior forward Mary Bradshaw added seven, and freshman forward Mia Steele had four. 

Districts take begin on Mar. 4 and the Lady Dutch will open with East Jackson. 

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