Manchester Girls Down East Jackson

By: Seth Kinker,

The Manchester Lady Dutch Girls basketball team, 8-3 (5-2), defeated the East Jackson Trojans, 1-11 (1-6) on Feb. 4 in a remake of their game scheduled for Jan. 23 by a score of 63-19. 

A 23-0 run to start the game put the Lady Dutch in the driver seat for the rest of the game as they ended the first quarter up 23-2 with the first Trojan basket not coming until 15 seconds left in the first. 

Lady Dutch senior guard Avery Collins had 10 of those 23 and finished with a game high 27 points, adding four rebounds, three assists, and five steals. 

In the second quarter the Lady Dutch didn’t allow a field goal. They came out early on their signature full court press, causing turnovers from the opening tip allowing for transition bucket after transition bucket, taking a 40-3 lead into halftime. 

The Trojans matched their first half output in the first two minutes of the third quarter as they outscored the Lady Dutch 10-6 in the third. 

When the final buzzer sounded the scoreboard read 63-19. 

Lady Dutch senior guard Mackenzie Pietrzyk added nine points, senior Jayden Humphrey had six points, nine defensive rebounds, four assists, and three steals. 

Junior forward Megan Mann had six, junior guard Taryn Fether had 5, junior guard Natalie bargardi had two, junior forward Mary Bradshaw had two, freshman forward Mia Steele had four, and junior forward Delany Bross had two. 

This offseason, the team worked on what to do when a play breaks down on offense, after a loss earlier this season head coach Corey Fether said the team had to play better physically. 

Now in the back stretch of their conference schedule, Fether still sees room to improve. 

“We need to a better job of moving without the ball on offense,” said Fether. “We do a lot of standing around. I’m happy with our post touches, were getting better with that, something we still have to improve on but I’m happy with it.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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