Manchester Valley coach Heather DeWees doesn't play the same lineup every game, and depth like that can benefit a team's success on the basketball court.
It helps the Mavericks, and it showed in their 48-22 victory over South Carroll on Tuesday.
"I definitely think the whole game [South Carroll] didn't give up," Mavs junior center Hannah Justice said. "All four quarters they were pushing hard and pushing us to keep playing hard, they had a high intensity level that just made us step up and raise our level too."
The Mavericks (3-0, 1-0 county) were led by junior guard Mackenzie DeWees, who scored a game-high 18 points and added 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior guard Jayce Klingenberg notched nine points and sister Josey Klingenberg had four assists.
In what seems to be a recurring theme, the Mavs used the third quarter to their advantage. MV carried a 19-10 lead into the second half, and used an 8-0 run to capitalize on that scoring margin. DeWees blocked a pass at mid-court and traded possession with Jayce Klingenberg back down to the Cavs' defensive zone. Klingenberg sank the basket and the Mavs went up 25-10.
Klingenberg used a 6-0 scoring run of her own in the final minutes of the frame, pumping her fists after a successful 3-pointer gave the Mavs a 35-14 lead.
"I really think it helps to be deep," DeWees said. "If other teams are playing only five or six people, we can use our bench and have a little bit more fuel in the tank in the second half. I also think we're a very intense team, we're not going to come out and lay down, we're going to come out and play like it's 0-0 at the beginning of every half. That's our goal as a basketball team and I think that's a significant reason why we're going to come out hard and strong in the third quarter."
The Mavs capitalized on a 13-0 run through the start of the final quarter until South Carroll freshman guard Rachel Tackett's basket cut the deficit 43-16. The Cavs scored the final six points of the game, thanks to field goals from Greta Knopp, Emilee Sheaffer and Delaney MacIvor.
Tackett scored a team-high six points for the Cavaliers (1-2, 0-2).
"I'm proud of my kids," Cavs coach Liz Padgett said. "We're looking to get better and I think we got better from Gerstell to [Francis Scott] Key, from Key to tonight and having this schedule that's about to get very tough is only going to benefit us and they just have to learn and our goal tonight was to hold them under 50 and to keep Mackenzie under 20 and they did.
"A lot of people will look at that as a 20-point blowout but for us, that's a small victory. Manchester Valley, I think right now is the best team in the county. We just wanted to play hard and play well to do what we could do to find success for us."
Manchester Valley (48): Mackenzie DeWees 18, Jayce Klingenberg 9, Hannah Justice 6, Erin Piper 6, Anne Saunders 3, Megan Cappadora 2, Josey Klingenberg 2, Tayler Warehime 2.
South Carroll (22): Rachel Tackett 6, Bailey Patrick 4, Delaney MacIvor 3, Briana Fowler 2, Marlee Carroll 2, Greta Knopp 2, Rachel Estes 2, Emilee Sheaffer 2.