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MHS girls cruise past Derby, 53-35

By Grant Guggisberg

Outscoring Derby in every quarter, the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team cruised past the Panthers in the sub-state semifinals Thursday night at MHS, 53-35, earning a game against Wichita Heights for a shot at the state tournament.

The game was a rematch from Nov. 30, when Manhattan beat Derby 60-36 to start its season. Thursday’s game was much the same, with the Indians taking a commanding lead early and adding to it as the game wore on. MHS were especially good on defense, keeping Derby guard Madi Greenwood from scoring in two of the four quarters. She finished the night 4 of 16 from the floor for a team-high 16 points.

Darby Price led Manhattan with a game-high 18 points, while Elayna Spilker chipped in 12. Par McNair was also in double figures with 10 points.

The Indians led 34-20 at halftime and took a 40-24 advantage into the fourth quarter as both teams struggled in the third.

Derby finished the game shooting 24 percent from the field, while Manhattan shot 45 percent.

The Indians travel to Wichita for the game against Heights on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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