by Gary Andrews
The Manchester girls basketball team visited North Miami Saturday looking for their first win of the season and led by 10 heading to the fourth quarter, only to fall to the Warriors 54-53.
The game could never find a flow, as a whistle was blown nearly every trip down the floor, with a combined 38 free throws made, which included 17 by North Miami in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback.
The Lady Squires got the first lead of the game when Drew Thompson got things going with a three that was answered by 9 straight points from North Miami to go up 9-3. The Squires would then get a bucket from Tabby DeWitt, a free throw from Cierra Carter and a deuce from Thompson to cut the Warrior lead to 9-8. North Miami's Allison See would then drain a three that was answered with a bucket by Carter and Manchester trailed 12-10 after one.
The second quarter would consist of two runs. North Miami made the first run that was 7 straight to jump out to a 19-10 lead before the Squires took their turn. Thompson would hit her second three pointer of the game that started a 10-point surge to give the Lady Squires a 20-19 lead at the half. During the run Tabby DeWitt hit three free throws, Thompson hit a two and Sydney Snep scored on an offensive rebound.
Drew Thompson would get the Squires going to start the third on a three pointer from the corner that ricochet off the side of the board, caught the rim and bounced in to give Manchester a 23-19 lead. Behind Emmy Grant and Carlee Lefebvre North Miami kept it close and eventually tied the game at 25. The Squires would then make a move that that put them in position to pick up their first win. Tabby DeWitt and Brooklyn Howard would hit back to back before a Marias Davis bucket made it 29-27. The Squires would then hit four straight, which included a bucket from Howard right before the buzzer and led 37-27 with a quarter to go.
The fourth quarter went to a snails pace as a foul was called nearly every possession with 26 total free throws being made, 17 by North Miami as the Warriors blazed the net from the stripe, taking advantage of every Squire miscue to escape with a 54-53 dramatic comeback win over the Lady Squires.
Tabby DeWitt led Manchester with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal. Drew Thompson had 13 points, 2 steals, 1 assist. Brooklyn Howard had 6 points, 2 steals, 1 assist. Sydney Snep added 4 points, Kaitlyn Parrett 3, Cierra Carter 3, Rae Bedke 2, Ellie Milam 1.
Makenna Brown led North Miami with 14 points. Allison See added 12, Carlee Lefebvre 11, Emmy Grant 10, Karrisa West 3, Alicia Tooley 2, Megan Lefebvre 2.
Manchester fell to North Miami 49-44 in the junior varsity game.
Leading Manchester was Ellie Milam and Drew Thompson with 12 points each. Bailey Sewell added 6, Bethany Collett 4, Rae Bedke 4, Brooklyn Howard 4, Katelyn Andritsch 1, Tiffany Johnson 1.