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Lady Templars lose game to Lady Broncos

Manti High Lady Templar Ashton Wood drives the ball towards her opponents’ basket while one of San Juan’s Lady Broncos prepares to meet the Manti athlete’s offense during their game on Friday.

 

Lady Templars lose

game to Lady Broncos

 

By Joe Quackenbush

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018

 

MANTI—On Friday, the Lady Templars swapped leads with San Juan, and even led the game in the middle of the fourth period, but injuries to key Manti players contributed to a narrow 41-43 loss.

According to Manti head coach, Roger Watson, “That was our best performance of the season. I am happy with the way we played.”

Lady Templar Kjerstin Birch came up big for Manti, scoring 10 points.

Manti athletes Avalin Cook, Ashton Wood, Kassidy Alder and Katie Larsen created key turnovers to shift the momentum back in favor of Manti late-game. Their teammates, Aurie Squire, Allie Bridges and Amy Squire also kept the Templars competitive by adding points and helping out defensively.

After their narrow Friday defeat, Manti faced the Grand County Lady Red Devils the following day, but lost by a wider margin of 50-62—despite major efforts to stay in the game. Manti held Grand County to within 4 points until the fourth quarter.

The Lady Templars are 1-7 in conference play and 3-15 overall.

“This is a tough conference but, we improve each year,” John Gillett, Manti High vice principal, said. “We have a lot of talented freshmen and sophomores and they work well with our veteran players.”

The Lady Templars also played Richfield on Tuesday, and will play Emery today (score unavailable at press time.) After playing Emery, Manti will travel to South Sevier to play the Lady Rams on Tuesday.