Lady Mavs crush St. Joe for a 2-0 start in district play

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Lady Mavericks of Manchester Academy are now 2-0 in district after defeating Greenville St. Joe on Tuesday with a score of 63-42.

This win brings the Manchester girls' record to 15-3 for the season.

Coach Emily Poe said the team had a good strategy in place before facing off against St. Joe this week.

"We were going to try to keep the game at a high tempo, run the floor, and get them tired quick," she said. "They are down in numbers so that was our plan to kind of get out in front of them and just wear them down."

Poe's strategy worked out very nicely as the Lady Mavericks came out hot on the court, outscoring the Lady Irish 17-10 in the first quarter.

"The second quarter was the turning point," Poe said. "We outscored them 21-8 in the second quarter, so we managed to get out in front by 20 at the half."

Leading the game 38-18, the Lady Mavericks took a quick halftime break while Poe reminded them to keep up the pace and not fall flat in the 3rd quarter.

"I tried to keep them motivated and to keep away from a 3rd quarter letdown," she said. "We just had to maintain our game plan and just keep pushing forward."

The Lady Mavericks continued to play full speed ahead, and when the time came to rest players, Poe was able to cycle in some Junior Varsity girls who contributed to the final score of 63-42.

"We had some big minutes from our junior high group that came in and helped us out when we needed a break," Poe said. "They were able to get in there and maintain the tempo of the game and really help us out, so that is promising for the future."

She added the fact that all of the Lady Mavericks got the chance to enjoy time on the court against St. Joe, which will only add to the girls' playing experience.

Lanie Potter led the Manchester girls in scoring by putting 32 points on the board in this game, and was a force on defense with six blocks on opposing players.

Karley Martin also chipped in with 12 points, and Anna Kate Griffin helped out with 7.

"It was a good night," Poe said. "They played hard and we took care of business."