Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural Girls Get Past Manhattan, 51-40

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural Girls Get Past Manhattan, 51-40

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Washburn Rural was never really in danger of losing Tuesday night’s game with visiting Manhattan after hitting the Indians with a 13-2 run in the second quarter.

But Rural coach Kevin Bordewick knows the performance his team turned in in Tuesday’s 51-40 win over Manhattan is one that won’t make for a long stay in the postseason.

At a time of year when the Junior Blues should be fine-tuning for a run at defending their Class 6A state championship, Bordewick instead saw a team that looked somewhat in the early stages of the season.

“I think we’re working hard but our mental effort needs to be greater,” Bordewick said. “I don’t think we have a good grasp of what to do on offense all the time. Sometimes we have kids trying to make too much happen too soon and too quick instead of just letting it come to you and see what they’re going to do against you.

“Turnovers for us were just atrocious. But it’s a win and we’re never going to be sad about winning. But I know we can play a lot better.”

Rural improved to 13-4 overall and 9-2 in Centennial League play but was sloppy in getting it done. The Junior Blues committed 17 turnovers in the game, many unforced and a product of the mental focus, or lack thereof, to which Bordewick referred.

After taking a 29-19 halftime lead and opening the third quarter with five straight points to go up 15, Rural had a chance to bury Manhattan. Instead, the Junior Blues turned it over on five of their next six possessions.

The Indians took advantage somewhat, going to 6-foot-3 center Zanaa Cordis for three straight baskets to pull within nine and then finished a 13-4 run with a 3-pointer from Jaiden

Weixelman to make it a six-point game.

“We need to be crisper,” Bordewick said. “Scott (Mall, Manhattan’s coach) does a good job with them and had them ready to play, and I question whether I had us ready to play. At this point in the season we should be fine-tuning things, and I don’t think we have to overhaul anything, we just have to take care of the ball. …

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