Manila Lady Lions headed to regionals

Saturday, February 23, 2002

The Manila Lady Lions picked up a big win against the Valley View Lady Blazers in the 3AAA South District Tournament held at Manila. The 34-32 win gave Manila a ticket to the Regional Tournament to be held at Pocahontas. Manila used a slow paced game to lead VV 8-4 after one. A run in the second quarter pushed Manila's lead to 22-12 at the half. Valley View outscored the Lady Lions 13-2 in the third to take a 25-24 advantage heading into the final frame.

Both teams seesawed back and forth on lead changes throughout the fourth quarter. Manila came up with the ball with 20 seconds remaining to hold for the last shot. Sophomore Natalie Tippy dribbled at the top of the key looking for an open girl. Juniors Kacie Oates and Michelle Eubanks set a double screen allowing Tippy to drive the lane and finger roll a lay up with three seconds remaining. Valley View called a time out to set up their offense for a chance to tie but a desperation pass inbounds was knocked away by Manila's Oates.

Tippy led MHS with 12 followed by Marilou Perez with nine and Kacie Oates with seven. Christina Lester and Michelle Eubanks rounded out the scoring for Manila.

The Lady Lions fell to conference champs Rivercrest in the semifinals Friday night. The Lady Colts used a full court defense to gain the 74-41 win. Natalie Tippy led Manila with 11 points followed by Kacie Oates with 10. Others scoring were: Marilou Perez - seven; Christina Lester - six; K.C. Chipman - three; Tiffany Smith and Deborah White - two.

Trumann used a full court press to defeat EPC 68-34 in first round action Monday night. The Lady Wildcats led 17-10 after one and 32-19 at the half. Trumann used the full court press to push their lead to 43-27 in the third before picking up the victory in the fourth.

Jade Johnson led all scorers with 22 for Trumann with teammate Breah McCarty adding 11. Others scoring in the win were: Sandra Porter - eight; Crystal Ealey - seven; Sara Beth Wray - seven; Bridgette Wilson - six; Erica Simmons - five; and Talia Payne - two.

Scoring for the Lady Warriors of EPC were: Rachel Barber - eight; Lindsey Holiman - seven; four each from Kristy Kline, Jessica Ross, Kim Moore, and Jessica Ruiz; and one each from Teriesa Reams and Tonya Rand.

Trumann fell to Harrisburg 61-58 in quarterfinal action Tuesday night. A three point shot with seconds remaining advanced the Lady Hornets to semifinal action. Trumann trailed 14-7 after one and 25-22 at the half. The Lady Wildcats clawed back to take a 44-41 lead in the third but could not get a shot off at the end of the fourth to stay alive.

Sandra Porter and Jade Johnson led Trumann with 17 and 13 respectively. Rounding out the scoring for THS were: Rebecca Miller - nine; Sara Beth Wray - seven; Crystal Ealey - four; and two each from Erica Simmons, Talia Payne, and Breah McCarty.

Katie Murphy led Harrisburg with 12 followed by 11 each from Amanda Watts and Jayme White. Others scoring were: Wren Wigginton - nine; Tona Weston and Justina Greer - seven each; Larissa Sears - three.

Harrisburg fell to Gosnell in semifinal action 57-51. Serena Sing and Emma Sing led the Lady Pirates with 16 points each followed by Maegan Noey with 15. Harrisburg's Jayme White led all scorers with 24 points.

Rivercrest picked up the District Championship with a 61-43 win over Gosnell. Telica Brown led the Lady Colts with 24 points followed by Kamisha Hooks with 13. Emma Sing led Gosnell with 13.

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