Friday's winter snow storm postponed the Manila Lady Lions Junior District Tournament semi-final game, but it didn't stop Manila from capturing the championship. The semi-finals were moved to Saturday afternoon at 1:00 when the Lady Lions rolled over Trumann 55-21, setting up a 7:15 p.m. Saturday night championship showdown with regular season champ Osceola.
The Lady Seminoles had defeated Manila in both regular season games, once by eight points and the other by six. This time it was a different story, as Kimberly Wise poured in 20 points and pulled down 16 rebounds while Colleen Kemp pumped in 12 more, leading Manila to a 58-37 victory and the district championship.
Manila never trailed as they jumped out to a 16-12 first quarter lead and a 31-19 advantage at the half. The Lady Lions blew the game open in the third quarter as they went up 47-30 entering the final frame.
"Every coach would hope their team would peak at the end of the season and win the tournament," said Manila Coach Codie Malloy. "And that is what we did. We worked hard all year and finished second a lot of times. But our goal was to win first in the district, and we did. The tournament was played extra well. We got better as the competition got tougher. It has been a good season and a good group to work with."
The Lady Lions, who finished as the regular season conference runner-ups, shot a torrid 80 percent from the field while connecting on 17-26 free throws. Kelce Misner added eight points for Manila and Jonna Dodd had five. Rebekah White, Savannah Jones, and Kristen Painter all tallied four points apiece while Meagan Presson added one.
Brytnee Basemore led Osceola with 20 points.
In Manila's semi-final rout of Trumann, Savannah Jones led the way for the Lady Lions with 13 points while Kimberly Wise also hit double digits with 11. Colleen Kemp scored nine points, Rebekah White had seven, Jonna Dodd netted six, Meagan Presson tallied four, Kristen Painter contributed three while Kelce Misner added two.
Trumann was paced by Haley Brueso who scored nine points.
Manila roared to a 16-2 first quarter lead and led 34-9 at the half. The Lady Lions led 45-17 after three quarters.
The Junior Lady Lions finished the season with a 29-7 overall record. Earlier in the season They were runners-up in the Jack Moore Memorial Tournament and in the Gerald Jennings Tournament.