Perez leads Lady Lions into district finals

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Manila picked up two big wins before falling to Rivercrest in the 3AAA South District Tournament. The Lady Lions defeated Gosnell on Thursday 40 - 26 and Valley View on Friday 52 - 39 to advance to Saturday's matchup with the Lady Colts.

In Thursday's game it looked like the Lady Lions might struggle falling behind 11 - 6 in the first quarter to the Lady Pirates of Gosnell. Manila came alive in the second quarter outscoring Gosnell 15 - 2 on a 9 - 0 run in the last 2:45 of the half to take a 21 - 13 advantage to the locker room. Manila pushed their lead to 31 - 21 after three on a steal with two seconds remaining and an easy lay up by Natalie Tippy. The Lady Lions held on for the win as Amanda Henson kept up her great free throw shooting going four for four in the final frame.

Henson led the Lady Lions with 10 points. Others scoring were: Marilou Perez - nine; Natalie Tippy - nine; Christina Lester - seven; Deborah White - three; and Michelle Eubanks - two.

Manila's big matchup came Friday night in semifinal action against Valley View. The Lions struggled again in the first quarter trailing as much as eight before roaring back to within three 11 - 8.

Manila turned up the heat in the second behind feisty Marilou Perez to pull within one 12 - 5. Both teams couldn't get a foothold as both scored 10 for a 31 - 30 lead. Perez took over in the fourth as the Lady Lions outscored the Lady Blazers 22 - 13 to take a 52 - 39 win.

Perez took complete control of the game in the fourth quarter driving past Valley View defenders to gain 25 points leading all scorers. Amanda Henson joined Perez in double figures with 11 points. Others scoring in the win were: Deborah White - six; Michelle Eubanks - five; Whitney Shepard - three; and Natalie Tippy - two. Jill Shrable led Valley View with 16 followed by 14 from Chasni Land.

Manila struggled in the first quarter against Rivercrest for the championship. The Lady Lions weren't able to score as the Lady Colts outscored Manila 22 - 5 in the first quarter. Rivercrest pushed their advantage to 30 - 16 at the half. Manila came out cold again in the third scoring only six points to Rivercrest's 20 for a 50 - 22 lead. Rivercrest won the contest 65 - 35 behind a full court press the entire game. The Lady Colts substituted with 2:00 minutes remaining and continued the press against the deflated Lady Lions.

Scoring for Manila were: Natalie Tippy - nine; Michelle Eubanks - eight; Amanda Henson - six; Marilou Perez - four; Christina Lester - three; Deborah White - three; and Whitney Shepard - two.

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