Lady Monarchs Sink Conference Foe Manhattanville
Early on in the game against Freedom Conference opponent Manhattanville, it looked as though King’s magical run of 12 straight wins would finally come to an end on senior day as the offense struggled mightily to put points on the board. With 9:27 left to play in the game however, senior Paige Carlin reminded the crowd that this Lady Monarch team is not one to back down when she hit a wide open three-pointer to eclipse the 1,000 point plateau for her career. The fans immediately erupted as Carlin was mobbed on the court by her emotional teammates, wishing to pass along their congratulations. Carlin became just the 18th player in King’s history to reach 1,000 points.
With the win, King’s improved its overall record to 20-3 while extending its win streak to 13 games. The Lady Monarchs sit alone atop the Freedom Conference with a perfect 12-0 Conference mark and wrapped up the season with an 11-0 record at home.
The loss dropped Manhattanville to 7-15 overall and 2-10 in the Conference.
Things looked to be going the Lady Valiants’ way in the early going of the first half as they got off to a quick 8-2 run after almost an entire five minutes of play. With 8:33 left in the half, King’s was able to knot up the score at 10-10 on a deep shot from beyond the perimeter by Carlin. After each team exchanged a field goal, the Lady Monarchs outscored Manhattanville 7-2, highlighted by a three-pointer from junior Molly Dahl, which gave King’s a 19-14 lead.
The Lady Valiants did not give up though and reeled off six straight to take a 20-19 lead at the half. Sophomore Beranda Felder came up huge for Manhattanville, scoring on a layup with just eight seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
Things started out much the same in the second half as King’s broke ahead with a 5-0 spurt to take a 24-20 lead after a “nothing but net” jump shot from senior Samantha Simcox. Manhattanville answered right back with seven straight of its own to retake the lead with a 27-24 advantage.
From this point on, the Lady Monarchs did what they have done all season in crunch time; they tightened up and got it done.
Simcox and Carlin hit back-to-back treys to ignite the King’s offense as it went on a decisive 15-2 gallop to take a 39-29 lead with 9:18 left to play in regulation. Junior Katlin Michaels added four points before Simcox hit another deep shot to give King’s a 42-31 lead. For the final seven minutes, the Lady Monarchs executed well defensively and flew all over the court, recording 18 steals and six blocked shots. The Lady Valiants would get no closer than eight points down for the remainder of the game.
King’s was led offensively by Carlin, who netted 15 points with four rebounds and two steals in the 53-41 victory. Simcox followed with nine points with four rebounds and three steals while Dahl contributed with seven points and six rebounds. Michaels also finished with seven points, adding five rebounds and three steals.
For Manhattanville, senior Courtney Turner scored 11 points. Senior Kelli Hyjek and junior Taylor Wilson each added 10 points.