CHURCHILL — The Manhattan Christian boys and girls basketball teams both made the Class C state tournaments last year, and, although it's early in the 2021 season, the Eagles are looking like contenders once again as they swept White Sulphur Springs on Tuesday.
In the girls game, Manhattan Christian dominated from the first seconds of the game and before the end of the first quarter the Eagles found themselves with 21-0 lead. They would go on to win 73-20.
The Eagles' defense was swarming to the ball, creating 25 turnovers. Manhattan Christian only turned the ball over six times.
Junior Kiersten Van Kirk was lights out for the Eagles, shooting 9 of 10 from the field for 20 points to go along with seven rebounds.
The boys game was eerily similar.
When the first quarter was finished, the Eagles blanked the hornets, jumping out to a 14-0 lead. That would be more than enough as the Hornets would only score 18 points all game.
Manhattan Christian beat the Hornets 65-18. Eagles sophomore Tebarek Hill finished with a game-high 15 points and Seth Amunrud, another sophomore, finished with 13.
Both Manhattan Christian teams improved to 3-0 on the season, while both Hornets teams fell to 1-2.