Indians beat Beloit for fifth place

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team closed out its stay at the McPherson Mid-America Classic on Saturday with a 36-24 win over Beloit.

The Indians (10-1) rebounded after a tournament-opening loss to Hays — which advanced to the championship game — on Thursday, beating Buhler and then Beloit to get back to winning ways after suffering their first loss of the season.

In Saturday’s win, the Indians got a 3-pointer from Onyeka Ehie and scored three baskets to aide an early 10-7 first quarter lead.

Manhattan dropped in five buckets in the second period and held Beloit to five points to go ahead 20-12 at the half.

Things got worse for Beloit in the third quarter, as the Trojans made just one out of seven shots from the field and shot 1-for-8 at the free throw line to finish the period with three points, while the Indians added 12 points to go ahead 32-15.

The Indians held their largest lead of the game in the third quarter at 20 points, and with reserves in the game for the majority of the fourth quarter, the team ran clock and scored just four points in closing out the game.

It was a strong effort for Mari Jo Massanet, as she scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record a double-double. Darby Price was just shy of a double-double as well, scoring eight points and bringing in eight boards. No Beloit player finished in double figures.

Manhattan outrebounded the Trojans 41-25, including 28-17 on the defensive boards alone. The Indians defense was tough, blocking four shots and registering nine steals.

The Indians finished with seven assists, with five coming out of the post and four combined from Massanet and Price.

Manhattan will have Tuesday off this week as it prepares for the final nine games of the regular season, six of which will be played on the road. The Indians will host Topeka West on Friday for homecoming.

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