Manila's Lady Lions avenged an earlier loss to EPC's Lady Warriors by defeating them 62-53.
The Lady Lions jumped out to a 17-14 first quarter lead and took a commanding 35-25 lead into the locker room at the half. Manila used a 15-5 third quarter to take a 50-30 lead. EPC came out hot in the fourth but could not overcome the deficit as Manila improved to 5-9 in 3AAA-South Conference play.
Senior Natalie Tippy led MHS with 23 points, followed by Deborah White with 12 and Amanda Henson with 10. Others scoring in the victory were Michelle Eubanks 6, Audrey Booth 6, Julie Dawson 3 and Ashley Girdley 2. EPC was led by Lauren Turner with 17 points. The Junior Lady Lions fell to 8-6 in conference play with a 56-31 loss to the Junior Lady Warriors. Rachel Cheadle led MJHS with six points. Others scoring for Manila were Katie Veach 4, Michelle Daniel 4, Annette Hiser 4, Kristy Burnett 2, Christin Chipman 2, Candace Halford 2, Myra Earnest 2 and Kari Rameriz 1.
Manila suffered a conference loss to Valley View on Monday, 69-42. Valley View jumped out to a 24-6 first quarter lead before taking a big 40-20 lead at the half.
The Lady Blazers continued to dominate in the third, holding on to a 58-32 advantage before gaining the conference win.
Manila was led by Michelle Eubanks, Natalie Tippy, and Deborah White with eight points each. Others scoring for MHS were Audrey Booth 7, Amanda Henson 4, Ashley Girdley 3, Julie Dawson 2 and Elizabeth Studabaker 2. Valley View was led by Britine Lloyd with 16, Jill Shrable 12, Stephanie Whitman 11 and Autumn Montgomery 10.
The Junior Lady Lions lost a heartbreaker to the junior Lady Blazers 46-44. Valley View took a 14-6 lead in the first and pushed the lead to 26-12 at the half.
It looked as if Valley View would run away with the game as they held on to a 36-27 lead after three, but Manila outscored Valley View 17-10 in the fourth but could not get the win.
"Both teams played extremely well this week," coach Codie Malloy said. "We have had a very up and down season but I look for good things from both teams in the district tournament," Malloy went on to say.
Rachel Cheadle led Manila junior high with 17, followed by 15 from Michelle Daniel. Others scoring for MJHS were Katie Veach 3, Kari Rameriz 3, Kristy Burnett 2, Annette Hiser 2 and Heather Dozier 2. Megan Sharp led VVJHS with 14 followed by Erica Orr with 13.