Lady Mavericks win district titleBy CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,
The Manchester Academy Lady Mavericks brought home the District 4 2A Championship trophy on Saturday after defeating Greenville Christian School 50-35.
The Manchester girls started out the district tournament on Thursday, Feb. 6, against their cross town rivals from Benton Academy.
Determined to succeed and move on to the Championship game, the Lady Mavs defeated the Lady Raiders 58-28.
"I told the girls to go out, play hard, and that all bets were off since it was Benton's court," Coach Emily Poe said. "I wanted us to play hard and give ourselves an opportunity to play in the championship game, and they did."
Lanie Potter led the offense in Game 1 by scoring 23 points for the Lady Mavericks. Lizzy Carpenter added 13 points to the board, while Karley Martin shot for 10.
After securing the win over the Benton girls, the Lady Mavs continued to Game 2, to battle Greenville Christian for the district title.
Knowing the fight that was in store in this big game, Coach Poe and her team had already devised a strong defensive strategy to beat out the Lady Saints.
"We were purposely trying to take charges from their best players because we knew that they were going to come in out of control," Poe said. "Luckily, their best player #10 got into foul trouble in the first quarter and had to sit for some time, and their other best player got 4 fouls so she wasn't able to play defense as much, so that helped us out on the offensive side."
Using this heavily defensive strategy, and taking lots of hits along the way, the Lady Mavericks were able to widen the gap on the scoreboard, and maintain it until the final buzzer, defeating the Greenville Christian girls 50-35, and taking home the Championship trophy.
Lanie Potter scored 16 points for the Lady Mavericks in this game, followed by Lizzy Carpenter with 15, and Hanna Clark Havens with 8.
"They all did their part and played a great game and I was very proud of them," Poe said. "Not only was I proud for the District Trophy, but I was also proud for going into South State as that #1 seed, which will help us out going forward."
Three Lady Mavericks were named to the All District Tournament team: Lanie Potter, Lizzy Carpenter, and Anna Kate Griffin for their outstanding performance on the court.
Moving forward, the Manchester girls are scheduled to play in the South State Tournament on Thursday, Jan 13, at 4 p.m. versus Providence Classical School from Louisiana.