Manchester Girls Basketball Tops Addison

By: Seth Kinker,

The Manchester Lady Dutch Girls basketball team, 4-1 (2-0), defeated the Addison Panthers, 3-2 (1-1), on Dec. 20, 75-42 to remain undefeated in conference play heading into the holiday break. 

First quarter

In the first quarter, the Lady Dutch jumped out to a 12-2 lead to start the game forcing a Panther timeout with 4:28. 

The Panthers were active on the boards early on leading to many second chance opportunities and open shooters, they responded after the timeout with two buckets to cut the lead to 12-7. 

Then, the Lady Dutch settled in, fighting back on the boards in what was a physical contest the whole night 

“You expect it here,” said Manchester head coach Corey Fether on the phsyicality. “That’s how it is here. We were mentally prepared before we got here that it would be a physucal game.”

With 1:24 remaining, the Lady Dutch got three consecutive offensive rebounds after foul shots, two from Collins and one from senior forward Jayden Humphrey. Humphrey finished the quarter at the foul line, going 1-2 to make it 17-9. 

Collins had nine of the 17 points for the Lady Dutch in the quarter, she finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. 

Second quarter

In the second quarter the Panthers outscored the Lady Dutch 14-13, working their way back into the game. 

An 8-3 run to start the quarter ending with Lady Dutch junior guard Natalie Bargardi getting the ball ahead in transition to Collins for the lay-up to make the score 25-12, forced a Panther timeout. 

As the game progressed  the Lady Dutch were able to get out in transition, something they’re always looking to do, leading to open opportunities on the offense end. 

Humphrey and Collins again worked the bboards late in the half, Humphrey had two offensive rebounds on two trips to the free throw line for Collins with under thirty seconds. 

After Humphrey’s second offensive rebound, Collins got another one of her own after a miss, making one of two. 

Humphrey had a team high 13 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. 

Panther senior Alivia Magnus made a reverse lay-up at the buzzer to cut the Lady Dutch lead to 30-23. 

At halftime, Fether told The Sun Times the team’s focus was defense. 

“Our defense in the second was really bad,” said Fether. (We) didn’t switch off or move our feet. We were standing around too much, flat footed, letting them do whatever they wanted.”

Third quarter

Hot shooting straight out of halftime put the Lady Dutch in control of the game, they had four players score, as they overwhelmed the Panthers 23-11. 

Another important factor, at the beginning of the half Magnus picked up her third foul ten seconds in. She was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 13 points on the night. Junior Courtney Flaws added 10 for the Panthers as the balanced Lady Dutch attack was too much. 

With 1:51 the Panthers took at timeout, but the damage had been done with the Lady Dutch building a 48-32 lead, ending the quarter leading 53-34. 

Fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter, reserves saw time for both sides as the game was firmly in control for the lady Dutch, securing the 33-point victory.

Bargardi was the second leading scorer for the Lady Dutch. She had 16 points shooting a perfect 5-5 from inside the arc, while adding two three pointers. 

Senior guard Mackenzie Pietrzyk added 14 points and five assists.

After the game, Fether talked about the difference in that third quarter that won them the game. 

“Intensity,” said Fether. “We brought back the intensity we had in the first quarter we lost in the second.” 

Manchester travels to Pittsford on Dec. 21 after the Dec. 18 game had to be rescheduled. 

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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