Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural Girls Roll Past Manhattan

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural Girls Roll Past Manhattan

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MANHATTAN -- Washburn Rural's girls came into Tuesday's game with Manhattan looking for a third straight win.

The Junior Blues got exactly that, using a 21-4 run to start the game to propel them to a 65-45 victory.

"I thought we shot well, obviously, in the first quarter, but throughout the game it wasn't too bad," Bordewick said.

The Indians fought back to make it a game in the second quarter with a 10-0 run. With just over three minutes to go before the half, junior Lauren Biggs scored five straight points to end Manhattan's run and give her team a 30-17 lead.

Biggs finished with 18 points. Senior Paige Cunningham led the Junior Blues with 20 points, including 10 in the first quarter.

The biggest difference on the night was each team's ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Rural lived from behind the arc, shooting 11 of 17. Manhattan struggled, shooting just 6 of 23.

"I thought we had a lot of good offensive possessions," Bordewick said. "When you've got 3-point shots going in like we did tonight, everything looks great, but the bottom line is that we made plays."

Bordewick says his team will enjoy the win tonight but believes there are still many areas where the Junior Blues can improve.

MANHATTAN BOYS 72, WASHBURN RURAL 40 -- After a tight first quarter, Washburn Rural gave up 21 points in the second quarter, handing Manhattan an 18-point first-half lead that buried the Junior Blues.

The Indians' size was too much for the Junior Blues as Manhattan senior Pierson McAtee frustrated Todd McAtee's squad all night. McAtee scored 15 points in the first half. The 6-foot-6 forward led all scorers with 27 points.

"This was exactly like our game at Hayden last Tuesday," Todd McAtee said. "We dig ourselves a hole on our offensive end by taking undisciplined and bad shots and then when we dig ourselves that hole, we get down."

Rural senior Chris Edwards entered the game averaging just under 20 points a game, but like the rest of the Junior Blues, Edwards struggled to score, finishing with eight points -- all coming in the second half.

The Junior Blues outscored Manhattan 17-16 in the third quarter but could not carry any of that momentum into the fourth. …

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