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Veritas girls fall, 45-24, in ‘lethargic’ loss

January 25, 2012

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Manhattan CHIEF 45, Veritas 24

St. George — Ellen Phillips scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Veritas’ girls basketball team from losing to Manhattan CHIEF.

Kristen Finger added six points and eight rebounds for the Eagles, who trailed 12-6 after one quarter and 24-9 at halftime.

“I thought we came out slow and lethargic,” Veritas coach Kevin Shelton said. “We really didn’t play like we wanted to play until the second half, and by then it was too late.”

The Eagles made just 10 of 35 shots.

“It was a poor shooting night,” Shelton said. “We’re just not finishing our shots. We’re just not doing the things we know we need to do to win. I know we can do them. We put good stretches together, but we haven’t been able to do it for a whole game.”

The Eagles (3-12) will play next on Friday at Olathe Christian.

Veritas boys 48, Manhattan CHIEF 41

St. George — Elijah Penny scored a career-high 28 points on six made three-pointers and sank four free throws down the stretch to clinch Veritas’ victory over Manhattan CHIEF.

Veritas faced some adversity in the final minutes. Junior point guard Eric Shin fouled out with two minutes left in the game, and freshman Micah Edmondson replaced him off the bench. Assistant coach Ryan Brittingham said Edmondson handled the Manhattan full-court press well, and Veritas extended its lead in the final minute.

Coach Gary Hammer missed the game due to a family issue. His 14-year-old son, Jacob, had all-day back surgery for scoliosis at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

“Our thoughts were with him all day,” said Brittingham of coach Hammer. “The team broke the huddle tonight by saying Jacob’s name.”

Veritas (10-5) returns to play against Midland Adventis at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Eudora for Senior Night.

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