By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Lady Dutch Girls basketball team (1-0) routed the Clinton Redskins (0-1) on Dec. 3, 65-17 in their season opener at Manchester High School.
Losing only one senior from last years team that made the regional final, the Lady Dutch look to be a player once again in the Cascades Conference.
After the first quarter, the Lady Dutch held an 18-6 lead. Lady Dutch junior guard Natalie Bargardi had six of the Lady Dutch’s first ten points on two three-pointers as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead but the story of the night was their defense.
A team that plays multiple version of a press, along with the aility to play man to man and various forms of zone in the halfcourt, forced many turnovers throughout the night leading to easy transition bucket after easy transiton bucket. The Lady Dutch look to constantly push the ball and get out running with numbers.
Five players had buckets for the Lady Dutch in the first quarter, with Bargardi and senior guard Avery Collins leading the team with six each.
The Lady Dutch essentially ended the game in the second quarter when they didn’t allow the Redskins a point and scored 24 points themselves to claim a 42-6 halftime lead.
Lady Dutch senior guard Mackenzie Pietryzk had 12 of those points herself. At the top of the zone when she’s on the court, she created many opportunies for herself via steals as the Redskins tried to swing the bball. When she wasn’t creating turnovers herself, she was one of the first down the court on a turnover being at the top of the zone on defense and was the recipient of many outlet passes for easy lay ups.
Pietrzyk led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 9-14 on the night and finishing with two rebounds, an assist and four steals.
In the third quarter, the Lady Dutch built on their lead, outscoring the Redskins 13-6 in the quarter to take the 55-12 lead.
Junior forward Mary Bradshaw, one of two new juniors on varsity this year, had six points in the quarter for the first points of her varsity career.
Again doubling up the Redskin in the quarter, outscoring them 10-5, the Lady Dutch wrapped up a 65-17 season opening win.
After Pietrzyk, Collins had 11 points and Bargardi added another 10 to lead the Lady Dutch in scoring.
Senior Jayden Humphrey stuffed the stat sheet, she had seven points, a team high seven rebounds , a team high four assists, and four steals.
Collins added five rebounds, three assist, and a team high seven steals.
“I was pleased with our intensity,” said sixth-year Manchester head coach Corey Fether on the win. “We were moving our feet well on defense, our arms were in every passing lane. Everybody was running the floor well, everyone was seeing the floor well, we were rewarding the players for running the floor well. It was a fun night.”