The 2012-13 edition of the Manawa girls basketball team opened their season last Tuesday, Nov. 20, with a non-conference victory over Tigerton by a 39-24 score.
First year head coach Patrick Collins is the third head coach in the past three years as the Lady Wolves took advantage of a Tigerton squad hit hard by graduation. Manawa forced 21 turnovers leading to easy baskets.
Senior Ansley Block’s back-to-back put backs had Manawa on top at 4-0 with 4:49 left in the opening quarter. Showing the effects of the first game, both teams struggled on the offensive end of the floor as Manawa held a 10-2 lead.
Senior Paige Schernecker’s five points helped Manawa open the largest lead of the first half at 16-3 with 4:34 left in the first half. A small rally to close out the half by the Tigers had them trailing by 11 at halftime, 8-19.
Midway through the third quarter, Schernecker’s back-to-back baskets opened up the largest lead of the quarter at 25-10. With the Tigers shooting poorly form the floor that lead would grow to 33-16 with just over seven minutes left to play.
Block led all scorers with 13 points and Schernecker added 12 points.
Following their game with Marion on this past Tuesday, the Lady Wolves travel to Wittenberg-Birnamwood to take on the Chargers.