Coming off their win over Western Latham that earned them a sectional championship, the Manchester Lady Greyhounds moved into the district semi-finals last Thursday night at Jackson High School where a much tougher task awaited them in the #10 ranked Division IV team in Ohio, the Eastern Meigs Lady Eagles. The Lady Hounds put up a fight early, but a scoring drought of just seven points in the second and third quarters combined doomed the blue and gold as they saw their season come to a close with the Lady Eagles grabbing a 64-27 victory.
With some strong early play from Haylee Adams, the Lady Hounds went blow for blow with their opponent in round one. After the first quarter of play, the upset-minded Manchester squad held an 11-10 advantage.
Beyond that point, though, it was all Lady Eagles as they outscored the Hounds 24-4 in the second period to totally change the atmosphere of the contest. A one-point Manchester lead had turned into a 19-point deficit by the intermission. The Eastern assault continued in the third quarter as they again dominated to the tune of 17-3 in point differential to open up a commanding 51-18 lead.
With the substitutes moving in and out freely, the fourth quarter was played a little closer but still went to the Lady Eagles 13-9. When all was said and done, Eastern was moving on to the district finals by virtue of a 64-27 triumph.
The Lady Hounds, who finish the season with a record of 8-14, were led in scoring by Haylee Adams, who totaled 13 points and racked up 9 steals on the defensive end of play. Rainelle Casey completed a fine junior season with 7 points and 3 rebounds, with Tess Burns scoring 5 and also getting 3 boards.
After the first quarter, the Manchester offense struggled and ended up shooting just 18% from the field for the game. The Lady Eagles won the game in the paint, outscoring the Hounds at the glass 52-22.
11 4 3 9 - 27
10 24 17 13 -64
Manchester (27): Adams 13, Casey 7, Burns 5, B. Himes 2.