Hanover's late rally fell short as Manchester snapped the Panthers' 10-game home win streak with a 76-73 victory Saturday in women's basketball action at Collier Arena.

Manchester (1-4, 1-0 Heartland) had lost its previous six matchups with Hanover before Saturday's game.

"We just didn't play with the heart and soul this team needs to have from start to finish," Hanover coach Molly Jones said. "I think we thought we're playing a team that hasn't won a game. We're playing at home, used to winning at home and lost. We forget about the fact you've got to play your hearts out. You can't just show up and get a victory. That really disappointed us."

Hanover  (3-1, 0-1 HCAC) had a 20-15 lead with 8:15 to go in the first half before the Spartans went on a 19-3 run over the next five minutes to take a 34-23 lead with 3:38 to go in the half. The run included five 3-pointers.

"We played eight or 10 of the 40 minutes hard like we know how to play. The rest of it we were too passive to conservative," Jones said. "We never got into our rhythm because we play that way defensively. We're used to full court pressing and being more energetic and getting steals or turnovers. That's what gets us going getting some of those and turning them into points then build on that energy. We didn't have that."

Hanover trimmed the deficit to 37-31 at the half but Manchester opened the second half with a 22-10 run to push the lead to 59-41 with 13:27 left in the game.

The Panthers made a charge with a 23-7 run over the next 10 minutes to make it 66-64 with 4:02 left to go. Courtney Prater had 10 points during that run. She finished with a double-double of 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and a season-high 14 rebounds.

"She did struggle from the field," Jones said of Prater "She usually makes more of these shots inside. I think she was getting more double teams, they were focusing more on her. I thought of all our players as far as playing with a lot of heart and being energetic, Alica Hopkins did that. She played 36 minutes worth of it (heart) out there. It can't be just one player."

Manchester extended the lead to 74-66 with 2:10 left, thanks to a couple of buckets from Hannah Field.

The Panthers made one last push. A Hopkins 3-pointer with 18 seconds left made it 75-73. Manchester's Caitlin Ailor hit 1-of-2 free throws for a 76-73 lead.

Hanover worked the ball around the arc in the game's final seconds. As time was winding down, Hopkins' long 3-point effort was in and out and Manchester escaped with the win.

Manchester had four players in double figures with Katie Arterburn taking game-high with 19 points. The Spartans hit 10 3-pointers overall with Arterburn's five leading the way.

"That's just crazy. I guess we have a good shooting gym for other teams when they come in here," Jones said. "That's one of the things we looked at. They were 5-of-49 coming into this one. They're not a 3-point shooting team. They're a driving team and every scout we looked at, they're drivers. So we played them for the drive. Obviously that didn't work out for us today. I guess that happens. So yeah it was frustrating."

Hanover was led by Hopkins with 18 points, Prater had 15, Katie Gahimer finished with 12 points and Shauna Watson added 10.

"They did play with some heart coming back. That was good. We're just disappointed that the other 32 minutes we didn't play our hearts," Jones said. "The first game of the conference season and one game is not going make or break a season. So we have plenty more times to turn this thing around. We realize we're pretty young and we have a lot of young kids playing for us. We need to realize we got to come out and be ready to play for 40 minutes."

Hanover will visit rival and defending conference champion Franklin on Wednesday.

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Saturday's Women's Game

at Hanover

MANCHESTER 76, HANOVER 73

MANCHESTER (1-4, 1-0 HCAC) - Arterburn 19, (f)Lang 12, (f)Meiklejohn 10, (g)Field 10, Moss 7, (g)Hamilton 4, Hammond 4, Smith 3, Rettig 3, (g)Childress 3, Ailor 1, Reneau 0.



HANOVER (3-1, 0-1 HCAC) - (g)Hopkins 18, (f)Prater 15, (f)Gahimer 12, (g)Watson 10, Brewer 8, Weddle 6, DeMoss 2, Pahren 2, Malloy 0, Caudill 0.

 

Halftime - Manchester 37-31. 3-Point Goals - Manchester 10 (Arterburn 5, Lang 2, Childress 1, Smith 1, Rettig 1), Hanover 4 (Hopkins 3, Brewer 1). Rebounds - Manchester 40 (Lang 8), Hanover 52 (Prater 14). Assists - Manchester 18 (Lang 4, Field 4), Hanover 9 (Watson 4). Turnovers - Manchester 18, Hanover 17. Total Fouls - Manchester 24, Hanover 13. Free Throws - Manchester 12-18, Hanover 23-38. Fouled Out - Hanover: Gahimer. Next Game - Manchester travels to Rose-Hulman Wednesday. Hanover travels to Franklin Wednesday.