TOPEKA — The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team overcame a slow first half, outscoring Highland Park by 21 in the third quarter to win 57-28 Friday night.
Manhattan is 6-1 but has yet to be tested against the league’s top teams. Friday that will change.
Playing in its second Baker tournament of the season, the Manhattan High girls’ bowling team took first place in Topeka on Tuesday, edging second-place Seaman by 33 pins.
Manhattan (6-1, 3-1 Centennial) was in control from start to finish against Rural, leading big at halftime and piling it on in the fourth quarter as the Indians’ full-court defense wore down the Junior Blues.
The Washburn Rural girls’ basketball team is not a squad with a reputation for shooting — or making — a lot of 3-pointers this season. Against Manhattan Tuesday night, the Junior Blues certainly looked capable.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team had no trouble taking care of business against Washburn Rural, defeating the Junior Blues 72-40 Tuesday night on its home court.
Not much went right on offense or defense for the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team Tuesday night, as the Indians lost their second league game of the season to Washburn Rural, 65-45.
Just exactly which Rural team will show up tonight for a 6 p.m. tip against the Indians remains a mystery, but count Manhattan head coach Scott Mall among those that think the Junior Blues are still one of the league’s top teams.
The Indians led 38-23 after three quarters and won the fourth by 10 points to set up the lopsided win.
Playing from behind most of the night, Manhattan couldn’t hit enough free throws to rally against the Trojans.
Manhattan’s win over Rural is a good sign with regionals just a few short weeks away.
Facing an offense that likes to throw the ball, Manhattan High tightened up its coverage and contained the pass game in a 50-7 win over Topeka West on Friday at Bishop Stadium.
The Indians received their first real test of the season against the Wildcats, and though they played well enough to win for much of the night, Schumacher made a pair of back-breaking plays against Manhattan’s defense to help Hayden scrape together a hard-fought 21-14 win.
The Indians led 42-0 at halftime before dialing it back in the second half and allowing Seaman’s first-team players to get some offense going against Manhattan’s backups.
The Indians took the lead early in the first half and were never really threatened by the Lions in their season opener at Bishop Stadium.
In many cases, high school sports offer its participants the chance to learn life lessons through competition.
The win over Dodge City sends Manhattan on the road for Tuesday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal against Maize (17-1).
Despite a slow start, Manhattan defeated Junction City by mercy-rule in only 56 minutes, winning 10-0 to set up Thursday’s regional final against Dodge City at Bishop Stadium, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Indians wasted no time and throttled Shawnee Heights 8-0 Thursday night at Bishop Stadium.
Manhattan (10-10, 9-9 Centennial) stayed close in both games, but lost 6-3 and 3-0.
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