Girls basketball comes in second

Micheal Simmons, Sports Editor

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For the most part, the Manhattan High Lady Indians had a successful tournament over the weekend in McPherson as they placed second, falling to McPherson in the championship game 52-61.

“McPherson is a good team,” junior Haleigh Harper said. “They have a good shooter and our goal was to stop her from shooting which we did a great job. I think we focused too much on making sure she didn’t score that we forgot to just have and play basketball like we know hot play. We did everything we were told to do, we hustled we played hard but they were just a good team. Unfortunately they came out on top this time. that loss will drive us to work even harder in practice.”

MHS started slow against McPherson, similar to other games during the tournament, finishing the half 22-30. The difference in this game compared to others is that they were not able to bounce back in the second half, ending the game with a run of 30-31. MHS is now 10-2 and ranked second in the state for the class 6A.

“I was upset,” senior Chrissy Carr said. “I knew I couldn’t be mad for long because we have to turn around and play Tuesday and we have to bounce back from this and learn from another loss. I feel like we have some things to work on, we definitely have to play harder and limit turnovers.”

Despite not winning all of their games, MHS still won against both Shawnee Mission Northwest 41-40 and Wichita Northwest 46-29.

“I think the first game was really good,” junior Kia Wilson said. “[I] was worried in the beginning of the game but we came back in the second half to get a win. The second game I felt like we played really well as a team and the third game we played really great defense, but shots weren’t falling for us even though we had really good looks.”

During the first game, the team got off to a bumpy start by finishing the half 12-22. The Lady Indians came back finishing the second half by going on a 23-13 run, tying it up 35-35. MHS won in overtime. In the second game, the team suffered the same bumpy start, finishing the first half 19-18. History repeated itself as they had a strong second half with a run of 27-11 to end the game. Carr was the overall highest scoring player for the team as she scored a total of 38 points over all three games. Wilson scored the most in the SMNW game with 13 points and junior Taylor Johnson scored the most in the McPherson game with 16 points.

“I’m proud of my team,” Harper said. “We played hard the whole game. You win some and you lose some. There are some things we probably could have done better throughout the game, but what I love most about my team is that we don’t quit, we tried our best and that’s all anyone could ask for.”

The team will have another away game against Topeka High on Tuesday.

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