Manila Lady Lions clinched the 3AAA South Conference title with an 11-1 record after defeating Osceola and Gosnell last week. "Winning conference was a great accomplishment for these girls," Coach Codie Malloy stated, "we have had a good season and look forward to district tournament play."
Malloy wanted to recognize ninth grader Heather Dozhier who injured her back in Monday's night game against Gosnell. "Heather has done a good job for us this season and we will miss her in tournament play."
Manila's junior Lady Lions ended their season with a 52-51 win over Osceola. The Lions scored with four tenths of a second left on the clock to take the lead. The Lady Seminoles brought the ball down the court and was called for a foul as the timekeeper forgot to turn on the clock. The officials went ahead and let Osceola shoot the one and one with the same four tenths remaining missing the front end of a one and one.
Manila led Osceola 15-12 after the first quarter and held on to a 30-27 advantage at the half. Manila continued to hold on to slim leads throughout the second half before picking up the narrow victory.
Seventh grader Kimberly Wise led MJHS with 25 points, "Kimberly has done a good job this season for us. "Malloy stated. Freshman Michelle Daniel added 17 points and has been the leader for the team this year. Also scoring for the junior Lady Lions were Colleen Kemp with five, who has been our point guard, Rebekah White added two and has been a strong rebounder, Michelle Pasley with two, who has given some strong play off the bench, and Amy Browning with one who has come around after an ankle injury kept her out the first few games of the season.
Toni Washington led Osceola with 18 and Faaidah Tramble had 14.
The senior Lady Lions clinched a tie second place tie with Trumann with a 63-50 win over Osceola. Trumann came away with number two seed by way of points system as the Lady Wildcats defeated Manila by three while Manila defeated Trumann by two. Four players scored in double figures for Manila with Rachel Cheadle leading with 22 points. Deborah White had a double-double for Manila scoring 17 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Amanda Henson also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Katie Veach added 10 points for Manila with Rocio Bedolla and Julie Dawson adding two points each. Osceola was led by Lakesha Lambert with 15 and Indy Haynes with 10.
Manila picked up an easy win over Gosnell on Monday defeating the Lady Pirates 65-31. The Lady Lions led Gosnell 18-14 after one and jumped out to a 33-22 advantage at the half. Manila outscored the Lady Pirates 17-5 to take a 50-27 third quarter advantage before clinching the win in the fourth.
Four players scored in double figures led by Rachel Cheadle with 21. Amanda Henson and Deborah White added 14 points each followed by Rocio Bedolla with 12. Katie Veach and Whitney Shepard added two points each for Manila. Gosnell was led by Stacie Anderson with 11.
The junior Lady Lions picked up an easy 43-28 win over Gosnell. Manila led 10-4 after one and 18-14 at the half. A big second half put Manila up 31-20 after three before getting the win in the final frame.
Michelle Daniel led Manila with 23 points followed by 11 from Kimberly Wise. Also scoring for MJHS were: Rebekah White six; Myra Earnest two; and Colleen Kemp one.
The junior Lady Lions will play on Friday in the 3AAA South District tournament at Marianna.