Piggott came out victorious Thursday night as Manila fell victim to fouls ending the game with four players on the floor. The Lady Mohawks hit 18 of 29 free throws to defeat the Lady Lions 68-61. Manila held a 17-15 first quarter after both teams went on 6-0 runs in the first four minutes of action.
Manila's Ashley Girdley, Michelle Eubanks and Deborah White led the outburst for a 6 - 0 lead before Piggott's Kristin Wallace and Lauren Hickson combined to score six and tied the score at 6. Both teams traded back and
forth with White getting the last bucket and Piggott's Jarrah
Jenkins sinking two free throws by the end of the quarter.
Manila pushed the lead to 20-15 on a jumper by White but
Piggott would not go away scoring two back-to-back jumpers and cut the margin to a single point, 20-19. Leading 28-25 on a layup by Amanda Henson, Manila could not stop Piggott's Briene Lucie as she scored seven
straight points to give the Lady Mohawks a 32-28 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
Natalie Tippy made two free throws with 1:12 left for Manila, followed by a basket by PHS' Kristin Wallace.
Henson pulled the Lady Lions within two at the half with a short jumper inside the paint, as Piggot held a 34-32 edge at intermission.
It was give-and-take in the third as neither team could get more than a three-point lead during the first four minutes of play. Piggott opened up the lead on baskets by Wallace and Hickson for a 53-44 advantage. Manila pulled within six on a trey by White before Piggott ended the quarter with shot by Kelsey Stephens for a 55 - 47 advantage for the Lady Mohawks.
Piggott would take advantage of the called fouls on the Lady Lions as four players fouled out, leaving Manila with four players on the floor.
The Lady Mohawks cashed in at the charity stripe, converting 7 of 14 in the last frame to take the win.
Manila's Coach Codie Malloy felt her team played one of the best gamesall season but the fouling situation hurt them.
"We have to learn to not reach and learn how the
officials are calling so we won't get in the same situation," said Malloy.
Piggott's Lauren Hickson led PHS with 19 points followed by 12 from Kristin Wallace and Jennifer Wallace. Briene Lucie added 11 and Kelsey Stephens 10 followed by four from Jarrah Jenkins.
The Lady Mohawks sank 18 of 29 from the free-throw line and made 25 field goals.
Manila was led by Deborah White and Amanda Henson with 20 points each followed by 13 from Natalie Tippy. Michelle Eubanks and Ashley Girdley added four points apiece for the Lady Lions.
Piggott also won the junior high game 54-39. Leading by as many as 28 in the second half, Piggott was able to hold on for the win as the jLady Lions outscored the Lady Mohawks 19-6 in the fourth quarter.
Manila was led by Michelle Daniel with 13. Others scoring for MJHS were: Rachel Cheadle - eight; Annette Hiser - seven; Katie Veach - six; Kari Rameriz - five.