MANILA -- The Lady Lions of Manila had a good season despite their numbers being down. Manila picked up the Tri - County championship and second place in the 3AAA South District tournament. Helping along the way were two seniors Christina Lester and Marilou Perez.
Christina Lester is the daughter of Glen and Diane Lester.
Christina has played basketball for Manila since the fifth grade when she moved from Blytheville. "Winning the tri-county tournament the exact same way we did in the ninth grade is my most memorable experience," Lester stated. The Lady Lions beat Paragould for the championship in overtime in this season and the two seniors ninth grade year. Christina states her most embarrassing moment is when BIC had four players on the floor last year and still beat Manila. She states her biggest influence comes from her dad who motivates her to do her best. Christina's advice to underclassmen is "Give 100% or you'll always know you didn't give it your all."
Marilou Perez has worn a Lady Lion uniform since the fourth grade. She credits her brother Josue Perez with influencing her the most in her career stating, "He motivates me do my best." Josue played for the Lions graduating in 1999. When asked about her most memorable experience she states beating Valley View for the first time ever last year and making it to Regionals again this year as the two top for her. She agrees with teammate Christina Lester on the BIC game from last year as her most embarrassing moment. Her advice to underclassment is "Always aim high and to reach your goals never give up."
This two young ladies round out this seasons tribute to the nine senior athletes from Manila. It has been fun to see them play and watch them grow into fine young ladies. You will be missed and good luck to you in whatever your future holds.