Lady Lions Come Home with Second Place in 3AAA South Conference and District

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Manila senior Lady Lions ended the season as Conference and District runners-up. (Town Crier photo/Jamie Hicks)

Manila's Lady Lions brought home two trophies Saturday night for second place in the 3AAA South Conference Play and District runners up. The Lady Lions fell to Rivercrest 84-50 in the finals. Freshman Michelle Daniel led the Lady Lions with 14 points followed by 12 from Rachel Cheadle and 11 from Katie Veach. Deborah White added seven points while pulling down 11

rebounds for Manila. Rocio Bedolla added four and Amanda Henson put in two for Manila. "I am proud of the girls for the progress this season," Coach Codie Malloy. "We knew what we had to do to take second and worked hard to achieve that goal." Malloy stated.

Pauline Love led RHS with 25 points followed by 21 from Starr Taylor and 11 from Hannah Lark. Samantha Smith added nine and Quinshawnta Miner added eight.

The Lady Lions advanced to the finals by defeating the Lady Wildcats of Trumann for the third time this season 67-44. Manila led Trumann 14-10 after one before taking a 32-21 into the locker room at the half. The Lady Lions outscored the Lady Wildcats 12-2 in the third push their advantage to 44-23 after three. Manila continued to dominate Trumann in the fourth

to advance to the finals.

Katie Veach led Manila's four players in double figures with 16 followed by Rachel Cheadle with 15. Amanda Henson added 13 for the Lady Lions and Michelle Daniel added 11. Senior Deborah White added nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Rocio Bedolla rounded out scoring for Manila with three points.

Trumann was led by Jess Byrd with 10 points. Also scoring for the Lady Wildcats were: Crystal Ealey nine; Lindsey Davis nine; Caitlyn Brune eight; Shandi Clayton four; and Alex Guthrie four.

Manila defeated Marianna 58-28 in their first game of the tournament. Amanda Henson led MHS with 18 points followed by 14 from Rachel Cheadle with 14 and Katie Veach with 12. Also scoring were: Michelle Daniel seven; Deborah White five; and Rocio Bedolla five.

"I think it was a boost to the teams confidence with the ninth graders moving up," Malloy said, "we are excited about playing in the regionaltournament and feel we have a good chance playing at home."

The Lady Lions will face Yellville-Summit 4:00 on Tuesday in regional action.

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