* Manual 57, Bullitt Central 17: The Lady Crimsons (17-5), No. 17 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, scored the first 11 points of the game and the last 13 of the first half to cruise past the Lady Cougars (9-14).
Sophomore guard Tonysha Curry scored all 15 of her points in the first half, going 5 for 5 from the field to lead Manual.
“I try to be real consistent,” said Curry, who added two steals and four rebounds in 12:29 of action. “I try to help my team out (and) hustle on defense as well as offense.”
Coach Jeff Sparks was able to play his entire squad, as 10 players scored. No starter played more than 14 minutes, allowing Sparks to rest them in preparation for Wednesday’s second-round match against Male.
Just as important, the Crimsons were able to work on issues that haunted them in Saturday’s loss to Henderson County.
“I was happy with how we played together,” Sparks said. “There was a lot of talk between Saturday’s game and today. I was happy with how we came out.”
In their first trip to the LIT, the Cougars (9-14) shot just 17 percent from the floor (5 of 29). They came in shorthanded as leading scorer Lexi Graham tore knee ligaments a couple weeks ago and is out for the season. Key contributors Stephanie Still and Alexis James also are out with injuries, coach Kyle Roach said.
“We’re beaten, banged up,” he said. “I’m playing a lot of girls that were playing (junior varsity) two or three weeks ago, and now they’re playing varsity minutes.”
Bullitt Central (9-14) – McKnight 4, Gilbert 4, Ross 6, Leonard 1, Pearcy 2.
Manual (17-5) – Ballard 2, Howard 3, MacBlaine 4, To. Curry 15, McBride 4, Prentice 9, Johnson 8, Tatro 5, Schaaf 3, McCune 4.
3-point goals – Ross, To. Curry 2, Prentice, Johnson 2, Tatro.