Lady Lions struggle in 3AAA South conference action
The Lady Lions struggled this week, falling in three conference matchups.
Manila traveled to Harrisburg on Saturday, falling to the Lady Hornets 49-43. After a 12-12 tie in the first, Harrisburg took a 23-21 lead at the half. Harrisburg continued to hold a 35-31 advantage in the third before getting the win.
"We played well in the first half but were sluggish defensively in the second," coach Codie Malloy stated. Malloy continued by saying, "We are playing better but Amanda (Henson) being out sick this week hurts us number wise."
Natalie Tippy led MHS with 15 points. Others scoring for Manila wer Michelle Eubanks 8, Ashley Girdley 7, Deborah White 6 (and 12 rebounds), Audrey Booth 5 and Julie Dawson 2. Harrisburg' s Amanda Watts led all scorers with 24 points.
The junior Lady Lions outscored the junior Hornets 10-0 with two minutes left in action to take a 30-27 win. The victory improves Manila to 5-3 in conference play. Michelle Daniel and Annette Hiser led MJHS with eight points each. Others scoring in the win were Rachel Cheadle 4, Katie Veach 4 and two each from Kari Rameriz, Kristy Burnett, and Heather Dozier. Harrisburg was led by Landice Eskridge with 15 points.
Manila struggled against Rivercrest, falling in the conference game 77-31. Natalie Tippy led Manila with 16 points. Others scoring in the loss were Michelle Eubanks 9, and two each from Deborah White, Audrey Booth, and Julie Dawson. Pauline Love led Rivercrest with 16 points.
The junior Lady Lions defeated the junior Lady Colts 37-25 as all players saw playing time. Michelle Daniel led MJHS with 11 points, followed by nine from Katie Veach and eight from Rachel Cheadle. Annette Hiser added three and Kristy Burnett, Christin Chipman, and Myra Earnest added two points each.
The Lady Lions led EPC 17-8 in the first before a 17-7 Lady Warrior second quarter gave EPC a 25-24 halftime advantage. Losing Amanda Henson to injury in the third, Manila was unable to overcome the 40-32 third quarter to get the win.
Michelle Eubanks led all scorers with 23 points followed by 17 from Natalie Tippy. Deborah White added six points for Manila.
The junior Lions didn't fare well with the junior Lady Warriors, falling 59-21. Scoring for Manila were Rachel Cheadle 5 Katie Veach 4, Michelle Daniel 4, Annette Hiser 4, Kristy Burnett 2, Myra Earnest 1 and Heather Dozier 1.