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K-P defense keeps Wolves on their toes

Friday, December 7, 2012

MANNING - The Kingsley-Pierson boys gave up a win to IKM-Manning Tuesday, but they didn't go down easily.

"We played great defense for four quarters," K-P coach Adam Rapp said. "We were causing them some problems."

The Wolves (5-0) beat out the K-P Panthers 60-38 in the non-conference matchup.

Ranked sixth in Class 2A, IKM-Manning sports a starting lineup with an average height of more than 6 feet.

"They were physical. They were a big group of young men," Rapp said.

K-P trailed by only two at the end of the first quarter -- the score was 13-11 -- and kept within nine points heading into halftime.

"We were in the ballgame. Our defense kept us in the game," Rapp said. "If we have that type of defensive effort throughout the entire year, we're going to have a lot of success."

K-P played zone defense all night.

"We're starting to play the type of defense we've been practicing," Rapp said. "All in all, I was really quite pleased."

The Wolves led 31-22 at the start of the third quarter. In the third quarter, IKM-Manning pulled away with 18 points to K-P's six, then the Wolves held their lead to the end to win.

"We just weren't able to put together consistent scoring drives in second half," Rapp said. "Overall I was very pleased with the heart and determination that the boys came out with against a really good IKM-Manning team."

The Panthers did keep IKM-Manning to 60 points, which is as low as any of the Wolves' four previous opponents have done this season.

K-P senior Colin Henrich led the night's scoring with 22 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, made four steals and added four assists against IKM-Manning.

"That's his third consecutive double-double this season," Rapp said. "He played an amazing game. He's a great ball player. And the other young guys started blending in really well with him."

K-P freshman Jacob Harvey chipped in for nine points, going 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

IKM-Manning's TJ Sterk, a senior, led the Wolves' scoring with 17 points.

K-P senior Heath Hackett pulled down 6 rebounds and Harvey pulled down five.

This Saturday, the Panthers will be home again, hosting Ridge View at Kingsley for Western Valley Conference play against the Raptors.



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