Senior Jirni Cripe of Manchester looks to score during Wednesday night's home game against Warsaw. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Senior Jirni Cripe of Manchester looks to score during Wednesday night's home game against Warsaw. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
NORTH MANCHESTER – Using a second-half surge to pull away Wednesday evening, the Warsaw Lady Tigers scored their first win of the season and handed the Manchester Lady Squires their first loss.

In a non-conference high school girls basketball game, Warsaw led 20-17 at halftime, but outscored the hosts 32-18 over the final 16 minutes in en route to a 52-35 win.

Bouncing back from their season-opening loss at Norwell Saturday, the Lady Tigers are now 1-1. Manchester fell to 2-1.

“We talked before the game that there were two battles we wanted to win tonight ... one was the points in the paint, and the other was second-chance points,” said Warsaw coach Lenny Krebs.

“I thought the three-point shots we were taking in the first half weren’t putting us in position to win either one of those battles. I have no problem with three-point shots when they’re taken at the right time. I felt like we were a little quick to pull the trigger in the first half. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to distort the defense and come up with rebounds.

“I was disappointed that we weren’t winning those two battles at halftime. Give Manchester credit, they started sagging in a little more, taking away our inside game. We were open from three-point range, I can’t argue with that, but it was when we were taking them. It was a bad time to take them. The second half, we came out and opened up our offense a little bit more and ran a five-out and started trying to attack a little more. I thought that was effective, and I thought we took better shots in the second half.”

The Lady Tigers, who own a 24-3 record in the all-time series against Manchester, held on to a three-point lead at the intermission after making just 6 of 20 attempts form the field.

They turned that around in the third and fourth quarters, making 10 of 22 shot attempts and pulling away for the 17-point win.

“We have a halftime every day in practice, and we practice that to have a good start in the third quarter,” said Manchester coach Jacob Everett.

“Tonight we just weren’t able to execute on offense coming out of halftime. They changed how they were guarding our ball screens, and when we made an adjustment we didn’t execute it well enough to score points in the third quarter.

“Offensively for them, they made some changes in where they wanted to get the ball, and they were able to knock down some threes in the second half that they weren’t hitting in the first half. They got some pretty good looks because they collapsed us a little bit. Then we got down, and we had to put pressure on, and that wasn’t necessarily a strength of our’s tonight going up against their lineup. It wasn’t advantageous for us, but we had to do it because of the way the game was going.

“You look at the score, and it’s not indicative at all of how close the game was. It was just the way it played out late.”

Warsaw made just 2 of 12 attempts from the arc in the first half, but was 4 of 8 in the second half.

By outrebounding Manchester 26-20, the Lady Tigers outscored the hosts 12-7 in second-chance points.

Warsaw also benefitted from 14 Manchester turnovers, turning them into 15 points.

“That’s the difference in the game right there,” Krebs said when asked about Manchester’s 14 turnovers and the fact his team only turned it over four times.

“You look at how we scored off turnovers, and I was pleased we were taking care of the basketball and making sure we were getting a shot every possession. Our next step in that process is making sure we take a good shot, the shot that we want to take, every possession and not just any shot. That’s a learning experience. We’ve got a lot of young kids, and we’ll continue to learn and get better. I’m proud of how we competed.”

Senior Maddie Ryman, who made 8 of 11 free throw attempts, led the Lady Tigers with a game-high 14 points and five rebounds.

Junior Brielle Harrison added nine points and four boards, while freshman Kacilyn Krebs chipped in with seven points and six rebounds, and senior Halle Shipp and sophomores Kensie Ryman and Kendall Wayne scored six points each.

For Manchester, sophomore Evan Bazzoni led the way with 11 points and four rebounds, while seniors Jirni Cripe and Emma West chipped in with eight points each.

The Lady Tigers host county rival Tippecanoe Valley Friday in their home opener.

Manchester hits the road for the first time Saturday, opening the Three Rivers Conference season at Maconaquah.

Warsaw won Wednesday’s JV game 45-28 behind 11 points from Adin Um and 10 from Abby Sanner.

Morgan Parrett and Makenzy Meyer paced Manchester’s JV team with six points each.


W    8    12    13    19    –    52

M    5    12    6    12    ­–    35

Warsaw – Halle Shipp 2-2 0-0 6, Kensie Ryman 2-5 1-2 6, Maddie Ryman 3-8 8-11 14, Kendall Wayne 1-4 3-4 6, Audrey Grimm 1-1 0-0 2, Brielle Harrison 4-7 0-0 9, Abby Sanner 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Sokol 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Patton 0-5 2-2 2, Kacilyn Krebs 3-10 0-0 7, Cora West 0-0 0-0 0, Bailie Stephens 0-0 0-0 0, Adin Um 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-42 14-19 52.

Manchester – Jirni Cripe 3-5 2-3 8, Kennedy Fierstos 1-3 0-0 3, Emma West 2-4 4-4 8, Ranissa Shambarger 0-0 0-0 0, Kiera Hatfield 1-3 0-0 3, Mackenzie Day 0-0 0-0 0, Bailey Mooney 0-0 0-0 0, Beletu Stout 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Parrett 0-0 0-0 0, Kennidy Lauer 1-2 0-2 2, Emma Garriott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-25 11-17 35.

Three-pointers – Warsaw 6 (Shipp 2, K. Ryman, Wayne, Harrison, Krebs), Manchester 2 (Fierstos, Hatfield); Rebounds – Warsaw 26 (Krebs 6), Manchester 20 (Hatfield 4, Bazzoni 4); Turnovers – Warsaw, 4, Manchester 15; Fouls – Warsaw 17, Manchester 18; Fouled out – Fierstos; Records: Warsaw 1-1, Manchester 2-1

JV – Warsaw 45, Manchester 28

Warsaw – Adin Um 11, Abby Sanner 10, Hannah Hatfield 6, Mackenzie Sokol 5, Bailie Stephens 4, Cora West 4, Sydney Lancaster 3, Marin Hart 2

Manchester – Makenzy Meyer 6, Morgan Parrett 6, Emma Garriott 5, Beletu Stout 4, Ranissa Shambarger 3, Mackenzie Day 3, Keilan Creager 1