Manchester’s girls basketball team saw their valiant comeback effort against Central Holmes Christian School on Tuesday fall short as they fell 41-37.
The game started out as a rather lopsided battle as Central Holmes outscored Manchester 15-4. The Lady Mavericks’ only two baskets in the quarter came from a jump shot by Macy Huggins and a layup by Suzanne King.
Midway through the first quarter, Huggins took a nasty tumble and landed on her shoulder, forcing her to leave the game. She did not return.
In the second quarter, it was much more of the same. Central Holmes’ offense was clicking, and they put up 15 more points to Manchester’s seven.
Suzanne King’s play was one of the bright spots for Manchester in the first half. She had scored seven of the Lady Mavericks’ 11 points.
While Manchester very easily could have given up and taken a loss lying down, the Lady Mavericks refused to do that.
Behind a strong defensive performance and offensive explosion, the Lady Mavericks outscored the Lady Trojans 16-2 in the third quarter to take a 32-27 deficit into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, a Ragland jumper put Manchester up 35-34, giving the Lady Mavericks their first lead of the game with 6:31 remaining.
The final few minutes were filled with fouls, errant shots, and free throw attempts that, unfortunately, did not fall in Manchester’s favor.
Despite a hard fought effort, the Lady Mavericks were unable to pull off the upset. They fell 41-37.
Suzanne King led the way for the Lady Mavericks with 17 points.
Elise Sowell was second on the team with nine points in the losing effort.
Libbi Kyle Ragland scored six points in the game.
Izzy Mills added three points, while Macy Huggins and Savell Duett each had two points.
Manchester Academy head girls coach Emily Poe believes a defensive shift was the main cause for the comeback effort.
“We settled down and got into a zone defense in the second half,” Poe said. “We were able to get out on the shooters and stop them from getting shots off. We were just able to fight back.”
Manchester will return to the hard court on Tuesday when they host Park Place Christian, a district opponent.
Tip-off for the first game of the evening is set for 4 p.m.