The Manawa Lady Wolves let one more victory slide thru their fingers, literally.
The Lady Wolves traveled to Wittenberg last Thursday night to face the CWC-8 defending champions only to end up on the short end of a 42-29 score. The Lady Chargers are not the powerhouse that they have been the past two seasons. Their varsity lineup contains all underclassman as they are in a rebuilding mode.
Manawa managed to turn the ball over 43 times, make only nine field goals and shot a frigid 9 of 22 from the free throw line.
The Lady chargers turned the ball over 29 times to help keep Manawa in the game. Wittenberg had only eight field goals and shot a miserable one for 19 from three-point land. What won the game for them were free throws, as they were 25 of
36 from the line.
An ugly first quarter of basketball opened the game as both teams combined for 16 turnovers and only two field goals as Manawa somehow held a 5-4 lead after one quarter of play.
The ugly basketball contained into the second frame as over three minutes went by before anybody scored. The Chargers finally ended the scoring drought with a 7-0 run that was fielded by the Lady Wolves 15 second quarter turnovers.
Junior Danika Decorah poured in five of those seven points as the Lady chargers took the lead for good. Junior Katrina Wilz kept the Lady Wolves within four points as 11-7 and 13-9 before the Chargers finished the quarter with a 4-0 run to hold a 17-9 lead at halftime.
Manawa managed to pull within five points with 2:14 left in the third on Tracy Wildenberg’s put back. Manawa was within six after three quarters.
The final eight minutes became a free throw contest as both teams shot
29 free throws. The final six minutes of the game took 30 minutes to play.
The Lady Wolves managed to draw to within six points three different times but the Chargers kept them at bay from the charity stripe.
Krista Braun would led Manawa with 8 points as the Wolves dropped their fifth straight game. Their record changed to 6-13 for the season.
This Thursday night is Senior Night. Manawa will have five seniors take to their home floor. Seniors include Caryn Frazier, Lana Draska , Makayla Johnson, Mary Kay Heinz and Tracy Wildenberg. The final game of the regular season has been moved to the Elementary School due to floor problems at the High School.