The Manawa girls’ basketball team continued CWC-8 play as they traveled to Shiocton Friday, Jan. 17.
Shiocton, one of the surprise teams in the conference, forced 15 first quarter turnovers and converted those into 16 points and a 19-2 lead after one quarter of play and coasted to a 65-13 victory.
With only one senior on its roster, all ten players listed scored for Shiocton. The Lady Wolves went nearly 16 minutes between field goals and shot a frigid 5 for 27 from the floor. They finished with 31 turnovers as the mercy rule was in effect for most of the second half.
Ashlee Strebe’s basket tied the game at two with 6:07 left in the first quarter. Shiocton picked up the intensity with their full court press and reeled off the final 17 points of the quarter.
Despite taking three time outs a frustrated head coach Patrick Collins stressed to his team how to break the press.
The full court press continued into the second quarter and so did the turnovers. Nine turnovers resulted in the quarter and Manawa managed only five free throws as Shiocton held a 37-7 halftime lead.
Despite a comfortable lead head coach Rob Hendrickson continued to press until the three-minute mark when the lead reached 41 points. Manawa’s Brogan Bartel’s field goal with six seconds left finally ended Manawa’s field goal drought.
Sam Schmidt took game honors with 11 points and Bartel led the Wolves with 5 points. Manawa’s Autumn Ferg hauled down eight rebounds to lead in that department.
The Wolves will host Amherst, Friday, Jan. 24. It will be Think Pink Night and all fans are reminded to wear pink.