Lions, Lady Lions open new seasons
Manila traveled out of town for a weekend of basketball on Oct. 24-25. The Lions faced Cotter on Friday falling 63-59. The Lions led 14-8 after one and 32-11 at the half. Holding an 11 point lead after three, it looked as if the Lions would continue on for the win. Cotter outscored the Lions 31-16 in the fourth and was able to steal the game from Manila. Jordan Wise led MHS with 20 points followed by Justin Hill with 12 and Matt Noble with 11. Others scoring for Manila were Derrick Wright -- five; Cody Wells -- five; Casey Hill -- four; and Chris Daniel with two.
Manila won the senior boys "B" game 34-27. Cody Wells led the way with 14 points followed by Anthony Lancaster with seven; Randy Murray with five; P.J. Brumley with four; Chase Shelton with three; and Jackey Parker with one.
The Lady Lions also had trouble with Cotter falling 54-46. Cotter led Manila 12-10 after one and 22-17 at the half. Cotter continued to lead 39-29 in the third and continued on to victory. Natalie Tippy and Amanda Henson led the Lady Lions with 13 points each followed by 11 from Whitney Shepard. Michelle Eubanks added four; Audrey Booth three; and Deborah White two to round out scoring for Manila. Cotter was led by Kristi Haley with 22 and Shannon Fletcher with 10.
After spending the night in Mountain Home, the Lions traveled to Norfork on Saturday. The Lions faced a much bigger Panther team. Norfork led 17-12 after one and 44-29 at the half. Manila could not match up size and continued to rail 59-41 in the third. The Panthers continued on for the win in the fourth.
Junior Matt Noble was the only Manila player in double figures with 13. Others scoring in the loss were: Jordan Wise and Cody Wells with eight each; Casey Hill and Derrick Wright with seven each; Justin Hill with four; Anthony Lancaster with three; and Kyle Misner and Randy Murray with one each.
Also a close match-up the entire game the Lady Lions fell to the Lady Panthers 55-50 in the second game of the afternoon. The Lions led 16-10 after one but the Panthers came back to tie the game at 24 at the half. Manila again took a 37-29 lead after three but Norfork doubled Manila outscoring the Lady Lions 26-13 in the fourth to gain the win.
Natalie Tippy led Manila with 20 points followed by 11 from Audrey Booth. Others scoring for MHS were Deborah White with six; Whitney Shepard five; Amanda Henson and Michelle Eubanks with four each.