Manchester Valley has already outscored its first two opponents 133-34 this season.
The Mavericks made quick work of Harford Tech in their home opener on Friday, built a 16-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated the Cobras 60-23.
Senior point guard Mackenzie DeWees led the Mavs with 34 points, 11 steals and seven rebounds. Josey Klingenberg, a junior, added three steals, assists and rebounds apiece.
Mavs coach Heather DeWees said the team’s goal is to notch 20 assists per game. In doing so, it builds the team’s chemistry and it’s done so accordingly with two games already in the books.
“As far as team chemistry goes and the way the girls are working on the floor together, they’re very unselfish,” DeWees said. “They’re very nice kids, they’re jelling really well and they’re happy to be playing basketball. It’s evident in their play and I think we had 14 assists tonight, so we’re averaging a ton of assists…for us to say we want to average 20 assists speaks so highly of their unselfishness.
“I hope it’s indicative of our play but I’m really excited about our young players. They seem happy and they’re gaining confidence each game and we’re really excited about the season.”
The Mavericks (2-0) picked up a lengthy 36-10 through the first half due in part to key 3-pointers from Amelia Saunders, Kassidy Johnson, DeWees and Annie Saunders. DeWees scored the Mavs’ final eight points of the first half and had 17 of the team’s 36 points at the break.
Klingenberg notched a free throw to open the second half and DeWees added 13 straight points to boost the Mavs’ lead to 49-14. Another 3-pointer from Annie Saunders brought the Mavs up 52-17 by the end of the third frame.
Harford Tech center Jada Bright notched a layup to bring the Cobras to 19, but the team was no match for Man Valley. Two straight field goals from Cobras guard Emma Ryan closed out the team’s scoring at 23 points and DeWees notched a pair of free throws to close out the game.
Ryan led the Cobras with six points on the night and Courtney Logan and Bright notched four.
The Mavericks saw effort in all facets from a number of returning talent and new faces as well. Junior forward Sarah Ryan had three steals and four rebounds and Erin Piper, also a junior forward, had six rebounds.
“One of the things we keep reminding them is that they’re playing against some really good players in practice,” DeWees said. “Every day they have to play against Mackenzie, every day they have to play against Josey so they have that level of competition every day. Amelia played all last season so she has that confidence but they’re playing against kids that are great role models for them and how to carry themselves.
“I think Josey and Mackenzie’s leadership on this team is very evident and we have Annie Saunders who is the exact same way. Her leadership is unwavering and I truly believe those three kids are leading these players.”
Harford Tech: Jordan Altoff 2, Jada Bright 4, Breyanna McWhite 2, Emma Ryan 6, Courtney Logan 4, Kaiya Grayson.
Manchester Valley: Josey Klingenberg 2, Sydney Resau 4, Annie Saunders 6, Mackenzie DeWees 34, Amelia Saunders 7, Kassidy Johnson 5.