|1/17/2014 12:51:00 AM|
Manson girls earn second win
|Mansonís Maddee Ward looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during last Fridayís game against White Swan in Manson.|
After a winter break with no basketball, the Manson Lady Trojans were back on the court last week with two games.
Manson traveled to Waterville last Tuesday and fell 41-30.
The big difference in the game was the three-point line. The Shockers were 6-of-13 from behind the arc, while the Lady Trojans made one shot all game.
"I was pleased with the girls as they played hard the whole game, even out-scoring their opponents by six (points) in the final period to reward their efforts," Manson Coach Kurt Toolson said. "There were several improvements from our previous match-up to highlight. We did a more efficient job of handling their press, which eliminated many of their easy baskets off our turnovers. Along those same lines, we did better getting back in defensive transition, making Waterville work for their points. The girls also did a better job running our offense, resulting in some nice passes and lay-ins, especially in the first half."
Manson's Jana Russell had five assists, which Toolson said is the most assists a player has had in his three years of coaching. Toolson also complimented teammate Kendra Ellsworth by calling her the "super sub of the game," with six points from post-ups.
Manson vs. Waterville Stats
Baylee Ward: 4 steals, 7 deflections
Jana Russell: 5 assists
Raechel Vanderholm: 5 rebounds
Davia Walters: 3-3 from the field
Kendra Ellsworth: 6 points
Ruby Garcia: 3 rebounds, 3 steals
Last Friday, Jan. 10, the Lady Trojans took on the White Swan Cougars at home, and lost the game 56-14. The loss was the sixth straight to start the season for Manson.
The game started off positively for Manson as they played well in the opening minutes to earn a 7-2 lead. But White Swan got in a groove from that point on, with the Cougars full-court press defense, forcing many Manson turnovers as White Swan grabbed the lead and never looked back.
Following the 7-2 start, White Swan outscored Manson 54-7 the rest of the game.
"We had a good start but then we woke up a hibernating bear," Toolson said. "White Swan is the best team in the district and they returned a lot of players back from their State team."
Manson's Baylee Ward led the team with seven points.
Manson was able to snap the losing streak last Saturday at home against Columbia Basin Secondary, 62-21.
Manson started out strong and took a 29-0 lead after the first quarter. From that point, the Lady Trojans scaled back its game and cruised to a win.
Four players were in double-figures for the Lady Trojans. Baylee Ward led the team with 16 points. Teammate Ruby Garcia chipped in 14 points, along with Maddee Ward and Raechel Vanderholm, each contributing 10 points.
Manson's Kendra Ellsworth had a team-high five assists and Vanderholm grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
"It was nice to be on the winning end of a lopsided score," Toolson said. "I feel for the other team because we have been there and it is not fun."
Manson took on Lake Roosevelt this past Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The Lady Trojans will be at home this Friday and Saturday. The team will take on Liberty Bell Friday, Jan. 17, and are slated to host Pateros on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Matt Baide can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
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