McDERMOTT – It was a heartbreaking night for the East Lady Tartans, Wednesday night, as the Manchester Lady Greyhounds put an end to their season in the first round of sectional tournament play. A slow offensive start, that never really got going for East doomed the Lady Tartans, as they fell to Manchester 49-36, at Northwest High School.
The mood was somber for the East faithful as their Lady Tartans were unable to come away with a victory against the Lady Greyhounds in a win or go home situation.
Manchester started the game with a 5-0 run on East, until Jasomyn Frautschy ended the run with a two-point score with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
Despite trailing, East did have some great defensive play, which caused several turnovers in the early minutes of the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Lady Tartans, they were unable to turn those turnovers into points.
East’s offense struggled all throughout the game, never able to find a rhythm.
Manchester went on another run, this time an eight point run, and led East 15-4 with only a handful of seconds left in the opening period.
Just before the end of the first, Shay Brown hit a three to give East a little momentum going into the second quarter, yet trailing Manchester 15-7.
As the second quarter went on, the Lady Tartans would outscore the Lady Greyhounds 12-11, but still trailed Manchester at halftime, 26-19.
Turnovers and missed shots would plague the Lady Tartans in the third quarter, as Manchester would continue to control the game, and increase their lead to, at one point, 11 points. The Lady Tartans would chip away three points from that deficit, to end the third quarter trailing Manchester by eight, 34-26.
East’s deficit kept growing in the fourth quarter. With about three minutes remaining in the period, Manchester held on to a 13-point lead. In the following minute of play, that lead grew to 14 points, 47-33.
As the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Greyhounds would defeat the Lady Tartans 49-36, ending East’s season.
“We just didn’t play,” East coach Walter Monroe said. “We didn’t come to play, and there’s really nothing I can say about it.”
Monroe said the team that took the court Wednesday night against Manchester was not the same team that has been playing competitive basketball all year long.
“I don’t know what happened,” Monroe said.
Even though East’s defense kept them in the game through the first half of the first quarter, as the offense struggled, Monroe said the quality defensive play lacked as the game continued.
“Defensively, we weren’t moving our feet,” Monroe said. “Our hands weren’t in the air, and we weren’t aggressive. It’s just like we didn’t want it.”
At halftime, Monroe tried to rally his squad, and motivate them to come out for the second half and play up to their potential.
“I let them know we weren’t doing the things that we’ve worked on all year,” Monroe said. “I also told them if they want to win, they have to go out and do those things, and that they still had a chance to win.”
East will lose one senior from this year’s basketball team, Sydney Dingess.
“She came along throughout the year and did some good things,” Monroe said. “I’m proud of her. I hope she does good when she gets out of here and goes to college. That’s what it’s all about. She’s a good girl, and has helped us out a lot.”
Despite the early exit from the sectional tournament, Monroe is very proud of his squad this year.
“We won 12 ballgames this year,” Monroe said. “They haven’t won 12 ballgames in a long time, so I’m happy about that.”
East – Helphinstine 7-0-16, Brown 4-2-11, Dingess 2-0-5, Frautschy 1-0-2, Humble 1-0-2
Manchester – Johnson 6-5-20, White 4-0-8, Smith 3-0-7, Hobbs 2-1-6, Campbell 2-0-4, Stamm 1-2-4
Three-point field goals – East 2 (Dingess, Brown) Manchester 5 (Johnson 3, Smith, Hobbs)
Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext 1931, or on Twitter @MikeHamilton82.