By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Lady Dutch Basketball team fell to a one-loss Northwest Mounties team yesterday night by a final score of 65-50.
Tied at ten apiece after the first quarter, both teams showed sloppiness with early turnovers that were prevalent throughout the game.
The Mounties used their size advantage to outrebound the Lady Dutch early but in the second quarter, they started rebounding with better positioning.
The Mounties outscored the Lady Dutch 19-10 in the quarter, after junior guard Avery Collins went 1-2 from the line to tie the game at 17, the Mounties went on a 12-2 run before junior guard Mackenzie Pietryzk hit 1-2 free throws to make the score 29-20 heading into halftime.
At halftime Manchester head coach Corey Fether said he wanted to stop allowing the Mounties to get the ball inside, the key to the late second quarter run for the Mounties.
“They were making one pass and getting the ball in the middle,” said Fether. “Which was opening up the block and that killed us there right before the half so we emphasized taking it away.”
In both the third and fourth quarters the Lady Dutch started out hot, using an 11-4 run at the start of the third and an 8-2 run at the start of the fourth, but in both quarters they weren’t able to keep pace with the Mounties.
At the end of the third the Mounties held a ten point 43-33 advantage and after hitting their free throws in the fourth quarter won 65-50.
“We knew we’d have to handle their pressure which I think we did a good job of,” said Fether. “Just kind of ran out of gas at the end of the quarters, we started exactly how we wanted to in both quarters, it’s hard to maintain that the whole time.”
“We probably should have kept longer possessions to slow ourselves down a little, to keep it close before we let it get back to ten points again. We have to get better at the free throw line, but I’m pleased with how we played.”
Pietrzyk led the Lady Dutch with 17 points and nine rebounds on 3-6 shooting from three. Sophomore Natalie Bargardi added 11 points, three rebounds, and two steals.
The Lady Dutch fell to 9-5 (7-3) and host Hanover-Horton tomorrow.