Manhattan cruises by Valley Center in Game 2 of Classic

By Steve Sell
January 29, 2015
Kendall Shaw

The rematch is now set.

Manhattan did its part Thursday in the second game of the Mid America Classic to earn a semifinal game on Friday against first-game winner Olathe South.

The two ranked Class 6A heavyweights met last year in the third-place game of the Class 6A State Tournament, with South taking a 56-53 decision.

Manhattan advanced to Friday’s evening session by virtue of its 57-37 triumph over Valley Center. Both the Indians and Olathe South take 9-2 records into the 6 p.m. semi.

“They’re so much different, last year (All-Stater Kylee) Kopatich was the dominant player. Now they’re so evenly balanced,” Manhattan coach Scott Mall said. “For years we never saw them and now we’ve played them three times in the last three years. They’re a very good team, very balanced. They get scoring from a lot of different people.”

Manhattan grabbed command early, jumping out to a 17-7 lead and moved it to 28-15 by half as Valley Center struggled from the field throughout the night.

The Indians had nice balance, as 11 of their 12 players scored and none were in double figures. Amara Ehie led the way with nine points. Valley’s Bethany Reeves took game honors with 12.

“We were a little more inconsistent than we’d like,” Mall said. “Offensively we had a lot of turnovers (22) and we let them drive to the basket a little too much. But we had some good spurts and good contributions from some people off the bench.”

Manhattan (57)  — McAtee 4-6, 0-0, 8; Ehie 2-3, 5-7, 9; Bammes 1-3, 0-0, 2; Fiser 1-2, 0-1, 3; Mittie 2-3, 3-4, 8; Roberts 2-5, 1-2, 5; Thaemert 1-2, 0-0, 2; Henry 0-0, 2-2, 2; Wilson 3-7, 0-0, 6; Ballard 3-11, 0-0, 7; Hilgers 0-1, 0-0, 0; James 2-2, 1-2, 5. Totals — 21-46, 12-18, 57. 3-pointers — Fiser 1, Mittie 1, Ballard 1.

Valley Center (37) — Boese 1-2, 0-0, 2; Weavers 3-9, 2-2, 8; Richter 0-1, 0-0, 0; Reeves 4-17, 3-4, 12; Petrakis 0-2, 0-0, 0 Lawrence 0-2, 0-0, 0; Webber 2-10, 1-2, 7; Latimer 3-7, 2-6, 8. Totals — 13-50, 8-14, 37. 3-pointers — Webber 2, Reeves 1.


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