Lady Rangers dominate Manhattan, 62-40

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, February 14, 2020
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Enteprise photos by Ryan Peerboom

Park’s Sylvie Schoenen passes to a teammate after winning the fight for the ball with two Manattan defenders on Thursday night at Park High. 

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Park’s Abby Kokot rises above Manhattan defenders to take a shot attempt.

The Park Lady Rangers sent their seniors out with a win over the Manhattan Tigers on Senior Night Thursday night. The team’s well-rounded effort netted it a 62-30 win. 

Park jumped out on Manhattan early as they outscored the Tigers 16-7 in the first quarter. Park’s offense benefitted from good looks inside, sparked by strong ball movement and fastbreak scores. Bobbi Lima, Abby Kokot and Baylee Bergsing each tallied four points in the opening quarter. 

The Lady Rangers defense played a key role in helping them build their lead in the second. After trading scores early, the Lady Rangers rattled off a 9-2 run to finish the quarter. Park’s defense allowed just five points and the Lady Rangers led 30-12 at halftime. 

Park kept on pace in the third quarter. Manhattan outscored the Lady Rangers early in the quarter, but Park’s offense took over once again. The Lady Rangers scored 15 unanswered points and took a commanding lead. Manhattan made the last two shots of the quarter, but Park kept a 48-27 lead entering the fourth. 

With the game in hand, the Lady Rangers refused to slow down. They continued to score and keep the Tigers at a distance. Manhattan’s long-range shooting down the stretch kept Park from pulling away further, but the Rangers capped off their win, 62-40.

Lima led the Lady Rangers with 10 points on offense. Skylar Higgs added nine points and Kodie Vondra scored eight. 

Lima said she felt they played well, but they got ahead of themselves at times. 

“We played really good as a team, but we were really sloppy and rushing too much,” she said. “We should have slowed down a lot but we had a pretty good win altogether.”

Lima said ball movement was important for spurning breakaway scores and getting multiple players open looks. 

“The passing game worked well,” she said. “We got a lot of steals so our fast breaks were pretty good and we saw the teammate up the floor and got them the ball.”

Park head coach Megan Burns said the Lady Rangers didn’t play their best game, but they did a lot of things right.

“They did a good job,” she said. “They came out and, when you still get a win by twenty-plus points and you don’t play your absolute best, that’s still something to be proud of.”

Park had to make adjustments on the fly and go off script during the game, Burns said. 

“Sometimes the things that I want to run at the beginning of the game aren’t the things that necessarily work in the moment,” she said. “We just made adjustments as we went and we were just trying to find what was working for us tonight.”

Lima, a senior, said she is sad to leave her fellow seniors at the end of the season because of the bond they have developed. 

“We’ve all been together for so long and it’s just hard to see each other split ways after high school and the sports that we love playing together,” she said. “It’s just really tough to leave your friends when they become your family.”

Burns said she also has noticed how close the senior class is. 

“I’ve never met a closer group of kids, for real,” she said. “They are amazing. They’re so kind to each other, they look out for each other.”

 

Up next

The Lady Rangers are on the road at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night in a local matchup against Sweet Grass County.

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