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Manhattan's Maxine Doering (24) shoots a short jumper in a game against Highland Park on Friday night in Topeka. Manhattan fell 57-27 to Washburn Rural at home on Tuesday. 

The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team ran headlong into the freight train that is Washburn Rural at home Tuesday night.

The Indians lost, 57-27, to the Junior Blues, the No. 7 team in Class 6A in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Associated rankings.

Sophomore Maxine Doering led the Indians with 11 points, followed by eight for junior Avery Larson and six for senior Destiny Yates.

Emma Kruger had 16 points for Washburn Rural, while Zoe Canfield had 11.

The Junior Blues jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter, and stretched it to a 19-point edge, 33-14, by halftime.

Manhattan (3-5) had its best quarter defensively coming out of the half, holding Washburn Rural to 10 points while the Indians scoring 11 themselves.

The Junior Blues (6-1) clamped down in the fourth quarter, holding the Indians to two points while adding 14 of their own to secure a 30-point victory.

Manhattan will hit the road on Friday to face Seaman (4-3).