Lady Lions improve to 7-5
MANILA -- The Lady Lions improved their 3AAA South conference record to 7 - 5 and their overall record to 17 - 10 with a 42 - 36 win over Gosnell Thursday. Manila jumped ahead 16 - 4 after one and held a 22 - 13 advantage at the half before falling victim to cold shooting in the second half. The Lady Pirates outscored Manila 13 - 8 to pull within four, 30 - 26. The Lady Lions continued to struggle in the fourth but held Gosnell to two points after a 34 - 34 tie with under two minutes to play.
Manila junior Natalie Tippy led all scorers with 23 points.
Christina Lester and Deborah White added six points for the Lady Lions followed by five from Michelle Eubanks and two from Amanda Henson. Ashley Howard led Gosnell with 10 points.
Gosnell defeated the junior Lady Lions 39 - 26. The junior Lady Pirates led Manila 5 - 3 after first period action and pushed their lead to 17 - 7 at the half. Manila scored 12 points in the third for a 31 - 19 Gosnell advantage before taking the win in the fourth.
Seventh grader Michelle Daniel led Manila with 12 points followed by Katie Veach with six. Elizabeth Studebaker added four and Candace Halford and Amy Browning scored two each for the junior Lady Lions.
Manila did not fair well in their second matchup with Harrisburg in four days. The Lady Lions held a 14 - 10 lead after one followed by Harrisburg outscoring Manila 14 - 5 in the second to take a 24 - 19 halftime advantage. The Lady Hornets pushed the lead to 34 - 23 after three and held on to take a 46 - 36 win.
Natalie Tippy led all scorers again with 21 points. Others scoring for Manila were: Michelle Eubanks - five; Amanda Henson - five; Christina Lester - four; and Whitney Shepard - one.
Erica Reed led Harrisburg with 15 followed by 12 from Amanda Watts. Others scoring for Harrisburg were: Katie Murphy - nine; Justina Greer - seven; Lauren Parks - two; and Larissa Sours - one.
Harrisburg also won the junior high matchup 33 -12. Katie Veach and Michelle Daniel scored four points each for the junior Lady Lions followed by two each from Amy Browning and Rosia Bedolla. Harrisburg's Lexsi Mross led all scorers with 11 points.
Rivercrest avenged an earlier loss to the junior Lions defeating Manila 50 - 37 in the third game of the evening. Manila led 7 - 6 after one but trailed 16 - 14 at the half. Rivercrest outscored the junior Lions 17 - 12 in the third and 17 - 11 in the fourth to capture the victory.
Zac Williams led MJHS with 10 points. Kyle Misner scored eight and Dustin Hobeck added seven for Manila. Others scoring were: P.J. Brumley - five; Cody Wells - five; and Chase Shelton - two.
After numerous lead changes throughout the matchup Rivercrest's Cedric Vaughn hit back to back threes to lead the Colts to a 60 - 51 conference win over Manila. Rivercrest held a slim 13 -12 lead after one and 28 - 25 advantage at the half. Manila cut the lead to two after three outscoring Rivercrest 19 - 18 for a score of 46 - 44. Manila's scoring woes hit in the fourth as the Colts outscored the Lions 14 - 7 to take the win.
Manila junior Justin Hill led all scorers with 19 followed by 10 from Jordan Wise. Others scoring for MHS were: Boo Grayson - seven; Matt Noble - seven; Nate Morries - six; and John Hicks - two. Rivercrest was led by Vaughn's 13 points followed by 12 from D. L. Riley; 11 by Aaron Smith; and 10 from Elvis Williams. Willie Davis added nine for the Colts.