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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Manchester routs Greenhills in district quarterfinal

Manchester's Taylor Manders scored her 1,000th point in Monday's win over Greenhills. Photo by Jean Robert

Manchester's District 74 quarterfinal victory over Greenhills came with an added bonus for one member of the Lady Dutch.

Senior Taylor Manders eclipsed the 1,000-point mark early in the first quarter, pacing her team to a 56-25 pounding of the Gryphons.

“I want to thank my dad and mom," Manders said following the game. “All those years, my dad coached my youth teams, got girls out to play the game, all the practices they drove me to, and for always pushing me."

“I am thankful for him having me shoot 100 left handed shots every day and learning to dribble left handed."

Manders scored the first four points of the game to reach the milestone and becomes just the second player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Manders finished with a team-high 14 points and dished out for assists in the victory.

Manchester built a 23-6 lead after the first quarter and went on a 20-4 run in the second quarter to put the game out of reach by halftime.

“One down, seven more to go,” Manchester coach Cori Kastel said, while addressing her team in the locker room.

Kastel was able to showcase Manchester's depth in the blowout victory, getting four junior varsity call ups a taste of postseason play.

"This was a great game to get all players involved and on the court, so if we need them down the road in another game, they are prepared," Kastel said. "All got their feet wet and if we get into foul trouble or need some fresh legs, they are ready."

McKenna Erkfritz added 13 points and eight rebounds and two blocks. Sarah Thompson lead the team in steals with six followed by Jesse Coltre with five.

"At this point in the season, stats don't matter," Kastel said. "We need to focus as a team and take one game at a time."

The Lady Dutch, ranked No. 3 in the latest AP Class C poll, improve to 20-1 on the season. Manchester will face Willow Run in the district semifinal Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 10:08:51 AM EST

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