Manhattan kept Andale quiet on the scoreboard for over nine minutes of game time Friday on their way to a 49-41 victory and their first ever trip to the Mid America Classic championship game tonight.
The loss was Andale’s first of the season.
Manhattan jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Andale responded with a 16-3 run to end the first quarter, punctuated by a buzzer shot from Josie Eck that gave the Indians an 18-10 advantage going into the second quarter.
The second was a completely different story, as Manhattan High junior Darby Price began asserting herself under the boards, allowing Manhattan to pull away with a 22-2 run that lasted from about halfway into the second quarter through the 6:30 minute mark in the third.
Manhattan, who had a 22-21 advantage at the break, shot 10-for-21 in the first half, not making a single three-point bucket. Andale wasn’t any better, going 8-for-24 in the half.
Andale’s scoring drought was broken finally by Brittany Meyer, who sunk a three-pointer that seemed to re-invigorate the Indians, as they came back with a that pulled them to within three points of Manhattan with 3:35 left to go in the game.
Andale began fouling in an effort to create some scoring opportunities, but Manhattan was clutch from the foul line in the final three minutes, sinking 15-of-18 free throws to secure the win.
Price and teammate Caroline Ballard both record double-doubles for Manhattan in the win. Price recorded 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Ballard had 13 points and 10 boards. Par McNair added 11 for the Indians.
Brittany Meyer had 17 points to lead Andale.
Manhattan (10-2) will play in the championship game tonight at 7:15. Andale (11-1) will be in the third place game at 5:30 p.m.
Manhattan — Williams 1-2 0-0 2; Ehie 3-7 0-0 6; McNair 2-6 6-8 11; Thompson 1-4 2-2 4; Ballard 4-10 5-8 13; Price 5-11 3-3 13.
Andale — Eck, R. 2-10 2-2 7; Eck, J. 2-7 4-6 8; Meyer 5-17 3-3 17; Rowland, E. 2-10 0-0 4; Rowland, L. 2-6 0-0 5.
Valley Center 66
Wichita Southeast 37
Valley Center advanced to the fifth place game with little difficulty against Wichita Southeast Friday afternoon in the first consolation game of the Mid America Classic.
The Hornets were all over the Buffaloes both offensively and defensively from the opening tip, dropping 21 points and holding Southeast to only four in the first quarter. The onslaught continued in the second, with Valley Center taking a 33-12 lead into halftime.
The Buffaloes were friskier in the third quarter, managing to match Valley Center’s 10 point offensive output, but the Hornets then opened up a 23 point fourth quarter to seal the victory 66-37.
Page 2 of 2 - Meagan Williams had a good afternoon for Valley Center, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and picking up 13 rebounds for a double-double. No other Hornet was in double figures.
Cheyenne Bullock had 18 points for Southeast, who falls to 2-9 on the season.
Valley Center will play in the fifth place game at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon. Wichita Southeast will be in the seventh place game at 2 p.m.
Valley Center — Wedekind 9-13 2-3 22; Johnson 3-7 1-2 8; Barnes 1-6 5-6 8; Williams 7-12 4-7 18; Anderson 3-5 0-0 6; Coleman 2-6 0-0 4.
Wichita Southeast — Plowden 1-9 1-3 3; Arline 4-15 0-0 9; Hardwell 0-7 1-4 1; Bullock 8-17 2-2 18; McCoy 1-1 0-2 2; Grim 1-5 0-3 2; Taylor 0-1 2-2 2.
Dodge City 52
The last time Hays and Dodge City clashed on Jan. 15, Hays escaped with a 44-42 win. Thursday’s consolation semifinal was more of the same, with the Indians once again surviving a late push from the Lady Demons to win 58-52.
Hays used a 9-0 run to take a 21-13 lead after the first quarter, but Dodge City fired back in the second, ripping off a 12-3 push that gave them a 30-29 advantage at the intermission.
The third quarter saw Hays take a bit of a lead, but Dodge City came back in the fourth, closing the gap to a single possession, before Hays was able to make a series of foul shots to close out the win.
Hays shot 22-of-44 for the game, only one of which was a three point bucket, and 13-of-24 from the foul line in the win. Dodge City was 18-of-50 in field goal shooting.
Sain had a season-high 25 points against the Indians. Teammate Katrina Roenfeldt added 14 for the Lady Demons.
Katelyn Schumacher had 21 to lead a trio of Indians in double figures. Janae Gagnon had 11 and Taylor Herman added 10 in the win.
Hays (6-6) will play Valley Center at 3:43 p.m. this afternoon in the fifth place game. Dodge City (2-8) will face Wichita Southeast in the seventh place game at 2 p.m.
Hays — Gagnon 4-10 3-5 11; Herman 4-6 2-3; Johnson 1-5 1-4 4; Gulley 1-4 2-4 4; Braun 2-4 2-3 6; Schumacher 9-14 3-5 21; Hearld 1-1 0-0 2.
Dodge City — Sain 7-13 6-6 25; Sanchez 1-3 1-2 3; Harshberger 1- 1-2 3; Roenfeldt 6-11 0-0 14; Lampe 3-12 1-6 7.