by Gary Andrews
The Manchester and Northfield girls basketball teams hooked up in an inter county battle Saturday that was also the first TRC game for each team with the Lady Norse coming out on top 55-27.
Things started a little sloppy the first two minutes until Cherish Leming broke the ice with two free throws and a bucket to give the Norse a 4-0 lead with 4:03 left on the clock. Arie Kennedy would hit two free throws and the Norse got a bucket from Kylie Echard to increase their lead to 8-0 before the Squires responded. Tabby DeWitt would connect twice before the end of the quarter and Northfield led 8-4 after one.
The Northfield experience and heavy pressure would start to pay off against the young lady Squires in the second quarter as Sidney Reed would hit to start an 11-1 run the first four minutes. Reed and Leming would hit two free throws each and the Norse got two buckets from Katie Stephan wrapped around two more Leming free throws to take a 19-5 lead. Tabby DeWitt would then get busy, hitting two buckets and a free throw along with a free throw from Rae Bedke to cut the Northfield lead to 19-11. Stephan and Echard would each get a bucket in the last minute to give Northfield a 24-11 lead at the half.
The Norse started the third quarter with two buckets from Stephan and one from Leming to open their lead to 30-11 when DeWitt would score three straight. Up 30-14 the Norse would go on a 9-0 run, getting buckets from Stephan and Payton Thomson to make it 39-14 before a DeWitt bucket. Sidney Reed would sink two free throws with 8.8 left on the clock as the Norse were in control 41-16 after three.
The two teams would trade buckets and points for most of the fourth quarter with Northfield winning the quarter 14-11 for the 55-27 final. Six Northfield players scored in the quarter with Brooklyn Howard leading the Squires with 6.
Leading Northfield was Katie Stephan with 17 points. Cherish Leming added 14, Sidney Reed 6, Payton Thomson 6, Arie Kennedy 4, Marlee Stefanatos 1.
Leading Manchester was Tabby DeWitt with 18 points. Brooklyn Howard added 6, Drew Thompson 3, Rae Bedke 1, Cierra Carter 1. Tabby DeWitt added 14 rebounds.
Manchester won the junior varsity battle 48-26.
Bailey Sewell led the Squires with 14 points. Ellie Milam added 10, Brooklyn Howard 8, Bethany Collett 6. Sewell added 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assist.
Abby Keaffaber led Northfield with 11 points. Maddy Dale added 6, Alexis Taylor 3, Kandra Stout 3, Jordan Bratch 2, and Olivia Taylor 1.