manson_trojans_logoOur boys were more competitive this time around with Waterville, however too many turnovers and a failure to capitalize on fast breaks is where we fell short.

After a strong first quarter we became sloppy with the ball and produced a turnover on a staggering 50% of our possessions in the 2nd quarter to fall behind by 16.

We continued to struggle early in the 3rd where a strong final quarter and a half prevented us from coming back.

Chris McFadden led us with 10 points and Bo Charlton scored 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Next up is White Swan for our first league game.

manson_trojans_logoThe Manson girls basketball team traveled to Waterville on Tuesday.  It was our first game in 2 1/2 weeks after winter break.  The Trojans lost by a final score of 41-30.  The game turned on outside shooting, as most of the other stats in the game were equal.  However, the Shockers shot 6-13 from the 3 point arc, whereas the Trojans were only 1-13.  This was especially true in the 3rd quarter when  Waterville made 4 of their 3 pointers to open the game up after a tight first half.

I was pleased with the girls as they played hard the whole game, even outscoring their opponents by 6 in the final period to reward their efforts.  There were several improvements from our previous matchup to highlight.  We did a more efficient job of handling their press, which eliminated many of their easy baskets off our turnovers.  Along those same lines, we did better getting back in defensive transition, making Waterville work for their points.  The girls also did a better job running our offense, resulting in some nice passes and layins, especially in the first half.

Here are some individual statistics:

  • Baylee Ward- 4 steals and 7 deflections, really worked hard at the top of our zone
  • Jana Russell- 5 assists, which is the most assists I have had a player get in the 3 years I have coached
  • Raechel Vanderholm-leading rebounder with 5
  • Davia Walters- an effecient 3 for 3 from the field
  • Kendra Ellsworth- super sub of the game, scoring 6 points off of several strong post ups
  • Ruby Garcia had a good game in limited minutes, getting 3 rebounds and 3 steals

Our next match up is at home against White Swan on Friday.  They are clearly the top team in our league and will be a huge challenge for us, as they are experienced, big, and fast.

manson_trojans_logoThe Manson Trojans faced off with the Pateros Nannies on Wednesday at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.  Pateros was the dominate team and won comfortably by a score of 52-10.  Manson played on their heels the entire game and never found a rythmn.  Conversely, Pateros looked smooth and fluid and was never threatened.

A couple of stats tell the story of the game in a nutshell.  Manson took only 24 shots in the game while turning the ball over 38 times.  In addition, the Trojans were pounded on the glass.  They collected only 16 rebounds for the game.

Manson will try and recover as they have a fast turn around and play again on Friday against an athletic Waterville team.

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manson_trojans_logoDate: 12/10

W/Entiat: Lost 45-63

A horrendous first period (10-26) was the major difference in our first home game against Entiat. We had a difficult time handling Entiat’s speed and pressure at first which led to a lot of transition points. I felt our half-court defense was OK, however we really need to cement our transition defense principles which will be a major focus this week. Offensively, we shot 36% and were led by Bo Charlton with 12, Spencer Ward with 9 and Alex Espinoza with 8. Willy Picton and Bo Charlton led us on the boards with 7 and 6 respectively.

We are very young and inexperienced and every game is exposing different areas that we need to continue to improve in. The best part is we have a group of players eager to learn and improve and we get another shot at Entiat on Saturday to gauge our improvement.