Girls varsity plays strong second half to beat Manhattan, 44-33


Reid Lende

Rainna Floyd (right) and Kodie Vondra (left) fight for the rebound in the 3rd quarter against Manhattan.

The cheerleaders rev up the student section during a timeout in the Feb. 12 Ranger Rush girls varsity game. (Kate Lende)

The Park High gym was pulsing with energy Friday night, Feb. 12 for the annual Ranger Rush as the visiting Manhattan Tigers fell to the Lady Rangers, 44-33.  Although down at the half, the Rangers surged back in the third quarter with help from Skylar Higgs and Shannon Nelson.  A two-point shot at the buzzer by Nelson at the end of the third vaulted the girls to a 25-18 lead, and they continued to dominate through the fourth quarter, ending with another buzzer-beater by Nelson to secure the win.

Shannon Nelson sinks a two-pointer to end the game against Manhattan Friday night. The girls varsity won 44-33. (Reid Lende)

The student section was full on this night sponsored by the Booster Club, and the crowd showed their support by wearing the purple Ranger Rush t-shirts donated by the Boosters.

A boys varsity game followed at 7 p.m. and ended in a 61-68 loss to the Manhattan Tigers.