Zanaa Cordis (44) attempts a shot while being guarded by Emily Chrstensen (5) during the third quarter.

Manhattan High's Zanaa Cordis (44) attempts a shot while being guarded by Emporia's Emily Christensen (5) during the third quarter of Tuesday's game. Cordis scored 12 points for the Indians in the 44-27 loss. She was the only MHS player to post a double-digit scoring effort.

EMPORIA — Manhattan High and Emporia were midway through the fourth quarter Tuesday night when Spartan guard Rayanna Breshears caught a pass behind the arc on the right side.

She launched. Splash.

Emporia took a 16-point lead, its largest of the night. On the other end of the court, Manhattan coach Scott Mall raised a hand, palm up, seemingly confused how Breshears came so open.

“She’s a good girl,” Mall said. “We didn’t get on her soon enough.”

That type of incredulity summed up the worst parts of Manhattan’s 44-27 loss to Emporia.

The Indians (4-4, 2-3 Centennial) languished on offense. They made just 9 of 39 shots, a 23% clip, and they failed to convert on a 3-pointer. The visitors also lost 16 turnovers, including five in the third, when the Spartans began to stretch their lead.

Manhattan’s leading scorer was senior Zanaa Cordis, who posted 12 points, but she received little assistance. The Indians’ next top scorers, Amelia Knopp and Aloera Ostermann, registered four points each.

“Everybody we play is going to focus on her,” Mall said of Cordis. “That’s why we need the other girls to get into a spot where they can score. Zanaa, she knows that’s going to happen. We need to keep working on getting her the ball, and she needs to work on getting open inside, where she’s a better scoring threat.”

Another reason why Manhattan lost: Breshears.

The senior recorded a team-best 15 points, and she connected on three long balls.

For a Manhattan team that struggled to score all night, her scoring was far too much to overcome.

The Indians sure could use another double-digit outing from Cordis in that one.

“She needs to keep working to get open, knowing she’s going to get doubled a lot,” Mall said of Cordis, “and we need to find a way to get her the ball. And then we need to play off of that.”

EMPORIA 44,

MHS 27

Manhattan (27)

Totals: 9-39 FG, 9-12 FT, 27 points

Destiny Yates 0-3 0-0 0, Jaiden Weixelman 1-5 1-2 3, Amelia Knopp 2-7 0-0 4, Taylor Claussen 1-2 0-0 2, Aloera Ostermann 0-7 4-4 4, Gillian Awbrey 0-1 0-0 0, Gaby Martinez 1-4 0-0 2, Grace Dixon 0-2 0-0 0, Zanaa Cordis 4-8 4-6 12

Emporia (44)

Totals: 11-33 FG, 17-24 FT, 44 points

Gracie Gilpin 3-12 1-2 8, Emily Christensen 0-0 4-6 4, Macey Adams 1-4 5-8 7, Mya Chapman 1-2 0-0 2, Allie Baker 2-5 2-2 7, Rayanna Breshears 4-10 4-4 15, Mya Tovar 0-0 1-2 1

Three-point field goals: Manhattan 0, Emporia 5 (Breshears 3, Gilpin, Baker). Fouled out: Manhattan 1 (Martinez), Emporia 0. Turnovers: Manhattan 16, Emporia 7.