By: Seth Kinker, email@example.com
One of the goals of the Manchester Girls basketball team, 3-1 (1-0), this year is to win the Cascades Conference title.
Last year, they tied for second place with Grass Lake with an 11-3 conference record finishing behind Michigan Center.
On Dec. 13 they took the first step towards that goal, routing the Vandercook Lake Jayhawks, 0-4 (0-2), 71-25 in their conference opener.
A dominant first quarter put Manchester in the driver’s seat for the game as they cruised to the conference opening win.
At the end of the first half the Lady Dutch held a 22-point lead, 36-14.
The key to the half was the Lady Dutch overwhelming the Jayhawks in the first quarter. The Lady Dutch started the game on a 19-2 run and outscored the Jayhawks 29-5 in the first quarter.
Lady Dutch senior guard Avery Collins was aggressive early, driving the lane not settling for jump shots. She finished with 13 points in the quarter to lead the Lady Dutch as six players got on the scoring sheet.
Collins led the team with in scoring with 27 points, adding six rebounds.
In the second quarter, the Jayhawks found more buckets, but the first quarter buffer kept the Lady Dutch in the lead.
The Lady Dutch defense was active all night, they finished with 21 steals as a team and held the Jayhawks to single digits scored in each quarter. Senior guard Danielle Chaney led the Jayhawks with eight points.
A 21-3 third quarter put the game out of reach as the Lady Dutch picked up their first conference win.
Eight out of nine Lady Dutch players got in the scoring column. After Collins, junior guard Natalie Bargardi had 10 points and senior forward/guard Jayden Humphrey added nine.
Humphrey finished with a team high eight rebounds and five steals.
On Dec. 17 the Lady Dutch travel to Pittsford, 2-1 (2-0) to take on the Wildcats.
Photos by Dawn Miller