Classic update: No. 1 seed Manhattan very impressive in 83-37 win

By Steve Sell
January 26, 2017
Kendall Shaw

It didn’t take long for the Manhattan Indians to live up to the hype.

Manhattan, the No. 2-ranked team in Class 6A and top seed for the Mid America Classic, socked Wichita Southeast with a 28-point first-quarter punch on Thursday and breezed to a 83-37 victory to move to 9-0 on the season.

Manhattan, which shot 11 of 16 in the first quarter even with the heralded Christianna Carr not contributing a point, moves on to play at 6:00 Friday against Valley Center.

Southeast actually trailed only 10-8 early, but then Manhattan went on an 18-4 sizz to close out the quarter. By the time the smoke cleared at half, the Indians had piled up a 51-21 lead as they made 19 of 32 floor shots, 5 of 8 from 3-point.

Manhattan’s point explosion came even though Carr — considered one of the nation’s top juniors — was just a complementary scorer as she got her teammates involved. Five Indians scored in double figures, led by Gigi McAtee with 16, Carr and Garrin Williams scored 14, Megan Worthington had 11 points and 8 rebounds off the bench and another sub, Haleigh Harper, furnished 10 points.

Alecia Verge led Southeast with 14.

Manhattan (83) — McAtee 5-10, 3-4, 16; Williams 6-8, 1-1, 14; Ke. Wilson 2-6, 0-0, 4; Ki. Wilson 3-5, 1-2, 7; Carr 5-8, 1-2, 14; Morgan 0-3, 0-2, 0; Downie 0-1, 1-2, 1; Johnson 3-4, 0-0, 6; Harper 4-6, 2-2, 10; Henry 0-1, 0-0, 0; Worthington 4-7, 2-2, 11; Hilgers 0-3, 0-0, 0. Totals — 32-62, 11-17, 83. 3-pointers — McAtee 3, Carr 3, Williams 1, Worthington 1.

Southeast (37) — Pollard 2-9, 2-3, 6; Johnson 0-6, 0-0, 0; Verge 6-13, 0-2, 14; Collins 1-2, 2-2, 4; Tolson 1-4, 0-0, 2; Taylor 0-3, 0-0, 0; Daniels 1-4, 1-4, 3; Adams 4-4, 0-0, 8; DeFazio 0-3, 0-0, 0. Totals — 15-48, 5-12, 37. 3-pointers — Verge 2.


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