"Controlling the tempo of the game was the key in our win," Coach Ronnie Stratmoen said after his senior girls picked up a huge conference win over the Lady Blazers of Valley View, 43-37 on Thursday.
Manila used a controlled tempo in the match-up to tie Valley View 13-13 in the first quarter. Sophomore Natalie Tippy scored the last five points of the second quarter to lead Manila into a 24-19 halftime advantage.
"Natalie did a great job of controlling the tempo and handling the ball," Stratmoen commented.
A slowed down third quarter found Manila holding on to a 29-25 lead going into the fourth. Valley View took a one point lead with 3:00 minutes remaining in the game before Christina Lester hit two free throws to put the Lady Lions back up by one, 36-35.
The Lady Blazers sent Tippy to the line six times in a one minute time frame with Tippy hitting four of six. Valley View scored their last points with :37 remaining before Marilou Perez went to the line six straight times hitting four. The Lady Lions hit 12 of 18 from the free throw line in the fourth with Perez hitting six of ten to give Manila the win. Stratmoen said that the girls shot the ball better than they have in several games.
"I am very proud of our offensive and especially our defensive effort in this match-up. This is definitely the girls' biggest win of the season and may be their biggest win ever," Coach Stratmoen said in post-game interview.
The in improved the Lady Lions to 11-16 overall and 4-6 in conference play.
Natalie Tippy led MHS with 17 points followed by Marilou Perez with 11 and Christina Lester with 10. Others scoring for Manila were Ashley Girdley, two; Michelle Eubanks two; and Kacie Oates one.
Valley View's Jill Shrable led all scorers with 19 followed by 10 from Hannah Wimpy.
The Junior Lady Lions avenged an earlier loss to the Junior Lady Blazers defeating VV 29-16. Manila led 5-2 after one and held Valley View to two points in the second quarter for a 13-4 halftime lead. Valley View attempted a run in the third but the Lady Lions held on for a 24-12 advantage before taking the conference win in the fourth. The victory improves MJHS to 8-3 in 3AAA Conference play and 24-7 overall.
KC Chipman and Deborah White led the Junior Lady Lions with nine points each. Amanda Henson added six followed by three from Whitney Sheppard and two from Holly McGuire.
Tippy Scores 34 in Conference Win
Manila's sophomore Natalie Tippy started the week off right scoring 34 points as the Lady Lions defeated the Lady Wildcats of Trumann 55-45 on Monday. Joining Tippy in double figures was Marilou Perez with 10. Christina Lester added five in the win, Kacie Oates four, and Ashley Girdley two.
After a 10-10 tie in the first, Manila used a big 21-5 second quarter to take a 31-15 advantage into the locker room at half. Manila continued to hold on to a 43-28 lead in the third before taking the win in the final frame.
Trumann's Rebecca Miller led her team with 19 points.
The Junior Lady Lions defeated Trumann 41-35. Deborah White and Amanda Henson led MJHS with 14 points each followed by KC Chipman with 12. Audrey Booth rounded out the scoring for Manila sinking one free throw.