Manhattan Christian uses height to beat Lady Bruins

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, January 20, 2020
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Gardiner’s Sophia Darr (33) attempts a layup after driving past multiple Manhattan Christian Defenders on Friday night at Gardiner High School.

A big second quarter fueled Manhattan Christian’s win over the Gardiner Lady Bruins on Friday night. 

The Eagles scored 22 points in the second quarter and beat the Bruins 71-38.

The Lady Bruins came out strong against a Manhattan Christian team that had a clear height advantage. 

A long hook shot from Kyndra Long brought the Lady Bruins to within four late in the first, but a 3-pointer from Manhattan Christian put the Eagles up 14-7 at the end of the quarter. 

An 8-0 run to start the second quarter cushioned the Eagles’ lead. The Eagles continued to build on their lead as the Lady Bruins struggled to find good shots. 

Manhattan Christian took a 36-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Gardiner was able to match Manhattan Christian for the majority of the third quarter. They nearly matched the Eagles shot-for-shot, but couldn’t gain any ground. 

The Eagles led 50-28 entering the fourth quarter. 

The teams traded shots to start the quarter, but Manhattan Christian broke off a 12-0 run to fully put the Lady Bruins in the rearview mirror. The Eagles finished off the Lady Bruins, 71-38. 

Sophia Darr scored 15 points to lead the Gardiner offense. Alexis McDonald added 8 points and Long had six. 

Despite the deficit, the Bruins played with energy and intensity until the final buzzer. 

Darr exemplified the hustle in the fourth quarter with her aggressive play on defense. She said she played like there was nothing to lose. 

“(I) play until the whistle blows, until time runs out,” She said. “When the score is so different, there’s nothing to lose, so just go out and play.”

Darr also said that avoiding turnovers on offense can help close the gap against teams like Manhattan Christian. 

“(We need to) definitely work on shooting more and just offense,” she said. “I think our defense was pretty good, just our offense needs to be a little more careful.”

Gardiner head coach Schalene Darr, Sophia’s mother, said her message to the team has been to play with good effort, like Sophia showed.

“They laid it all out there, and that’s exactly what I want to see,” she said. “I don’t care if we’re winning or losing by that much, you still continue to play hard all the time.”

Darr was pleased with the way her team attacked the hoop on offense. 

 “They were taking the ball hard to the basket tonight, a lot harder than they have been,” she said.

The Lady Bruins got back in the win column on Saturday with a 48-20 win against Broadview/Lavina.

 

Up next

The Lady Bruins host the Shields Valley Lady Rebels on Thursday night at home. 

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