Triton senior Allie Kann controls the ball during Wednesday night's game against Manchester. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Triton senior Allie Kann controls the ball during Wednesday night's game against Manchester. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
BOURBON — Triton High School junior guard Kylie Mason didn’t show any rust Wednesday night at home against the Manchester Lady Squires.
With weather keeping both teams off the floor for nearly a week, Mason didn’t seem fazed, making 6 of 9 field goals in the opening quarter, helping the Lady Trojans (11-5) build a 28-3 lead.
Following the 17-point first quarter, Mason went on to score a career-high 34 on 12-of-17 shooting, 5 of 9 behind the arc, as the Lady Trojans posted a dominating 72-35 win over Manchester (1-14).
“She’s very capable (of having a game like this),” Triton coach Adam Heckaman said of Mason, who’s averaging 17.4 points per game. “We did a good job of realizing she was hitting early, so we ran some sets for her. We kept getting her the ball in the right spots and she took advantage. She also did a much better job of finishing while going to the basket. That’s something I know she’s been working on, because teams know she can shoot from the outside, so they go out pretty hard on her. When she develops that part of her game, she’s going to be even more difficult to guard.”
First-year Manchester coach Brooke Airgood was aware of Mason, but she also knew the sharp-shooter wasn’t the only Lady Trojan that could hit, evidenced by senior Taylor Hatfield making two treys in the first two minutes of the game, going on to score 10 points.
“We worked to get a hand in their face, but every opportunity they got to put the ball in the hoop they definitely did,” Airgood said.
Building its lead to as much as 30-3, Triton did let up a bit in the second quarter, being outscored 20-13, but that was the only quarter the Lady Squires won.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Airgood said of her team, which was led by senior Sydney Snep’s 10 points. “I thought they had a lot of fight in them. Obviously, we have a long way to go, but I’m proud of them. They worked hard.”
With senior leading scorer and rebounder Tabby DeWitt out for the remainder of the season for undisclosed reasons, Manchester sports five freshmen on its 11-player varsity roster.
“A lot of times out there, we had four freshmen and one upperclassmen, and I knew (Triton) was a pretty (experienced) team,” Airgood said.
Triton indeed has experience, but also only had nine varsity players dressed, so Heckaman had to be judicious with minutes as the Manchester game was Triton’s first of three in four days.
“Looking at the minutes, we ranged from 12 with (sophomore) Jaela (Meister), which was only because of quarter confusion with the junior varsity minutes,” he said. “But everyone is right around the 16-20 minute mark. I think we did a nice job of getting kids in and out tonight, making sure they’re rested up.”
The girls will need to be rested for tonight’s game at Class 1A No. 1 Oregon-Davis, but then they travel to Jimtown Saturday for a Northern State Conference game.
Manchester will also be keeping itself busy, as it plays five games between Saturday’s home game against Tippecanoe Valley and a Feb. 8 contest at Rochester.
“We have six games in the next 11 days, so not too many practices coming up, but a lot of games,” Airgood said.

TRITON 72, MANCHESTER 35
M    3    20    5    7    –    35
T    28    13    13    18    –    72
Triton – Taylor Hatfield 3-7 2-4 10, Krystal Sellers 1-3 0-0 2, Kylie Mason 12-17 5-5 34, Mallorie Jennings 1-4 3-4 5, Lauren Hostrawser 3-4 1-2 7, Allie Kann 0-2 0-2 0, Hannah Jennings 0-3 0-0 0, Becca Kennedy 2-8 1-2 7, Jaela Meister 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 25-52 13-20 72.
Manchester – Kaitlyn Parrett 0-3 3-4 3, Sydney Snep 3-9 4-4 10, Rae Bedke 0-7 0-0 0, Emily Haecker 0-2 0-0 0, Cierra Carter 2-10 5-6 9, Drew Thompson 3-12 0-0 8, Ellie Milam 2-3 0-0 4, Brooklyn Howard 0-1 0-0 0, Tiffany Johnson 0-1 1-2 1, Celina Carter 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 10-50 13-16 35.
Three-pointers – Triton 9-17 (Mason 5, Hatfield 2, Kennedy 2), Manchester 2-8 (Thompson 2); Team Fouls (fouled out) – Triton 13, Manchester 16 (Snep); Turnovers – Triton 13, Manchester 21; Rebounds – Triton 37 (Hostrawser 10), Manchester 35 (Ci. Carter 7); Assists – Triton 13 (Sellers 6), Manchester 6 (Bedke 3); Steals – Triton 16 (Sellers 5), Manchester 4 (Ci. Carter 2); Blocks – Triton 6 (M. Jennings 2, Hostrawser 2), Manchester 1.
Records: Triton 11-5, Manchester 1-14.
JV – Manchester 39, Triton 25
Manchester – Howard 10, Bailey Sewell 8, Thompson 7, Johnson 6, Milam 4, Bethany Collett 2, Ce. Carter 2.
Triton – Katie Lenker 9, Meister 8, Shayla May 4, Heather Stichter 2, Kayla Kreft 2.