Classic update: Big 4th quarter puts Manhattan into finals

By Steve Sell
January 27, 2017
Kendall Shaw

The Manhattan Indians were in uncharted waters.

The Indians had won each of their previous nine games by double digits and all but one  by at least 20 points.

But at halftime of Friday’s Mid America Classic semifinal, the high-octane Indians were being held in check by pesky Valley Center as they were up only 20-17 — and that’s after leading 8-0 right out of the chute.

And even after three quarters just 6 points separated the teams as Valley was staying alive behind Taylor Latimer, who hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it 33-27.

But the Manhattan that is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A and the top seed in this tournament began to flex its considerable offensive muscle as it scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter and wound up winning going away, 56-29.

Manhattan was nearly perfect in the last 8 minutes with a 23-2 burst.

Balance was again paramount for Manhattan as four players scored in double figures, led by Christianna Carr with 14 points. Kia Wilson scored 11, Gigi McAtee hit for 10 as did Garrin Williams.

Latimer's 11 points led the Hornets.

The Indians, seeking their second Classic title with their only one coming in 2014, move on to play the Olathe South-McPherson winner at 7:15 p.m. Saturday while Valley Center plays the loser at 5:30 for third.

Manhattan (56) — McAtee 3-8, 4-4, 10; Williams 4-5, 2-3, 10; Ke. Wilson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ki. Wilson 5-8, 1-1, 11; Carr 4-9, 5-5, 14; Johnson 1-4, 0-0, 3; Harper 1-1, 1-2, 3; Worthington 2-3, 1-1, 5. Totals— 20-40, 14-16, 56. 3-pointers — Carr 1, Johnson 1.

Valley Center (29) — Rowley 3-8, 0-0, 8; Reeves 3-12, 0-0, 6; Perez 1-5, 0-0, 3; Kluesner 0-1, 1-2, 1; Latimer 5-10, 0-0, 11; Shank 0-3, 0-0, 0. Totals — 12-39, 1-2, 29. 3-pointers — Rowley 2, Perez 1, Latimer 1.


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