Lady Mavericks defeat Benton Academy

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

Manchester Academy's girls basketball team picked up their first conference win this season after defeating Benton Academy 50-20 on Tuesday.

This game changes the Lady Mavericks' record to 8-2, while the Lady Raiders rolled over to 2-9 for the season.

Benton's Coach Ed Waldrup said that the Lady Raiders knew they would be up for a challenge with their cross-town rivals.

"We knew what we were up against before we went over there," he said. "Manchester is a very good team and they are very well coached."

Meanwhile Manchester's Coach Emily Poe was getting her girls ready to snatch up a conference win early in the season before heading into more district games in January.

The Lady Mavericks started out the game on a roll, leading 13-5 in the first quarter, and then continuing that lead 30-11 at half time.

"We kind of had a little bit of a slow start but then we jumped out on them," Poe said. "We stayed the course and played hard."

The Benton girls were putting pressure on the Lady Mavericks with so much aggression, that at least two of the Lady Raiders got into foul trouble before halftime.

The Manchester girls continued to dominate the court in the third quarter, containing the Benton girls to the point that the Lady Raiders were unable to make any baskets.  The score soon widened to 45-11 at the end of the third.

The Lady Raiders continued to be aggressive until two players fouled out of the game.  Coach Waldrup, already working with a limited roster due to injuries, was forced to play some younger girls off the bench in order to finish the game.

"Sunny Sellers being out with an injury really hurt us," he said. "We ended up having to use three junior high girls because we were so short-handed."

The Lady Raiders made it through, however, finishing the game and falling to the Lady Mavericks with a score of 50-20.

"We didn't shoot well in the game, but Manchester's defense had a lot to do with that," Waldrup said. "They defend well and they play well on offense so there wasn't much we could do about it."

Standing out on offense for Manchester in this game was Lanie Potter, who scored 25 points.  Also adding to the scoreboard for the Lady Mavericks were Hanna Clark Havens with 7 points, Lizzy Carpenter and Karley Martin with 4 points each, Olivia Fulton and Ivy Sowell with 3 points each, and Anna Kate Griffin and Sydney Porter with 2 points each.

Going forward Poe said that the Lady Mavericks will review game film and practice on a few things before facing Tri County again on Saturday.