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Girls Basketball: Man Valley's speed a key factor in victory over Francis Scott Key

Manchester Valley's Josey Klingenberg goes for a layup in front of FSK's Karla Stonesifer during the second half of their game in Uniontown Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.
Manchester Valley's Josey Klingenberg goes for a layup in front of FSK's Karla Stonesifer during the second half of their game in Uniontown Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

UNIONTOWN — Josey Klingenberg said the Manchester Valley girls basketball team runs — a lot.

The Mavericks' speed on the court has played a large role in their success in recent years and it was a key point in their 61-32 victory Thursday at Francis Scott Key.

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Mavs senior point guard Mackenzie DeWees led the Mavericks with 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. DeWees, who left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to her left ankle, is seven points away from surpassing North Carroll graduate Caitlin Bach as the county’s all-time scoring leader.

Bach finished her high school career with 1,782 points. DeWees has 1,776.

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Klingenberg, a junior, had four points and nine steals, and Erin Piper added five rebounds for the Mavs (6-0, 2-0 county).

Manchester Valley's Amelia Saunders drives down the court during the first half of the Mavericks' win over the Eagles in Uniontown Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.
Manchester Valley's Amelia Saunders drives down the court during the first half of the Mavericks' win over the Eagles in Uniontown Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

“We started off strong and our goal was to just finish strong, talk on defense and on offense because talking on defense…Our defense has become so much better when we talk,” sophomore guard Amelia Saunders said. “Everyone’s together and everyone knows where they’re going, if they need help. It just works well and that was one of our goals so I think we portrayed it really well.”

Six points from DeWees and field goals from Saunders and Sydney Resau helped the Mavericks start the game on an 11-0 run. FSK junior forward Karla Stonesifer trimmed the deficit 11-2 with 3:05 remaining in the first quarter.

The Mavs scored 20 points in the second frame — their most through four quarters. DeWees notched a steal and carried the ball down for a layup and followed it up with a free throw. A steal from Emily Dell helped junior forward Kennedy Cornick find the basket for the Eagles that trimmed the deficit 28-10 with less than four minutes to go in the half.

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Annie Saunders hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Mavericks a 36-12 lead at the half.

“We try to use our speed to our advantage very much,” Klingenberg said. “We do drills every day and it’s a lot of running and movement. Even our inside game might not be very existent but we try to get it inside because you have to play every part of basketball.”

Added Amelia Saunders: “We have a lot of guards this year and that helps.”

Ten points from DeWees in the third frame helped the Mavs gain a 50-19 lead. Stonesifer’s early steal in the fourth frame gave Sara Warthen a chance for a basket. DeWees scored five straight points before going down during an Eagles’ offensive rush with 3:28 left to play.

Eagles junior forward Bailey Mathias hit a 3 and another field goal to close out the game.

Stonesifer led the Eagles (3-3, 0-2) with 11 points and two steals. Cornick added eight points, six rebounds and two steals.

“I think they’re excited and I really feel like when we play these county teams, win lose or draw, we have goals every game,” Eagles first-year coach Emily Nazelrod said. “We’re really looking at (Class) 1A schools and competing at that level and against the county, our main goal is to grow on our goals, hopefully win some games, obviously as many as we can. As long as we’re executing the goals and our game plan and because we have those goals, the girls are focused. We’re intense and we want to bring the best game we can every county game.”

Manchester Valley (61): Mackenzie DeWees 28, Josey Klingenberg 4, Erin Piper 2, Ellie Boswell 3, Sydney Resau 6, Annie Saunders 6, Amelia Saunders 8, Kassidy Johnson 4.

Francis Scott Key (32): Karla Stonesifer 11, Rachel Wright 2, Bailey Mathias 7, Sara Warthen 4, Kennedy Cornick 8.

Halftime: MV, 36-12.

JV result: FSK, 40-34 (FSK-Devin Schuman 17; MV-Josie Shaffer 10).

Freshman result: MV 19, FSK 17 (MV-Erika Bitzel 10).

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