Town Crier Sports Staff
Gosnell jumped to an early lead that the Pirates held onto the entire night en route to a 48-38 3A-3 conference victory over Manila in senior boys basketball action Friday night at Manila.
The Pirates held a 12-7 lead after the first quarter and took a 25-21 edge into the dressing room at intermission. Gosnell outscored the Lions 12-4 in the third quarter to pull out to a 37-25 lead entering the final frame.
Gosnell placed three players in double figures, led by Ethan Bryant, who scored 13 points. Trey Scott and Harrison Hughes added 11 points apiece for the Pirates, who hit 7-12 free throws and nailed three treys on the night.
Hunter Veach led Manila with 13 points, but was the only Lion to hit double digits. Devin Wright scored eight points while Trey McCormick and Austin Metheney added five points apiece. Dustin Hobeck tallied three points while Adam Bloom and Ross Malloy added two points each. Manila connected on 6-10 from the foul stripe and hit two three pointers.
The Lions will return to action Tuesday night when they face Piggott in a 3A-3 conference tilt at Manila. The Lions will hit the road Friday night when they travel to Marmaduke to face the Greyhounds in another league battle.
The Lady Lions traveled to Harrisburg Thursday night and came away with a 49-37 3A-3 conference win over the Lady Hornets behind freshman Kimberly Wise's 19 points.
Michele Daniel scored nine points while Kelce Misner and Katie Veach added eight points apiece. Veach also snared 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Rebekah White rounded out the Lady Lion attack with five points. Manila hit 3-5 free throws and connected on two three pointers.
Candice Eskridge recorded a double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds to pace the Lady Hornet attack. Samantha Gravette added 10 points for Harrisburg, who hit 7-15 from the charity stripe and added two treys on the night.
Manila grabbed a 19-9 first period lead before taking a 32-20 lead into halftime. The Lions blew the game open in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 43-25 entering the final period.
The Lady Lions return to action Monday night when they host Hughes in 3A-3 conference action. Manila will take a break from league play when they travel to Campbell, Mo., Tuesday night.
Blake Wheeler continued his year long scoring barrage as the freshman pumped in 18 points to lead the Junior Lions to a 51-39 conference win over Gosnell. Dylan Hill scored 12 points while Cody Webb added 10 more as the Lions put three players in double digits.
Gosnell snatched an early 9-6 lead after the first period before Manila battled back to take a 16-13 lead at intermission. Manila increased their lead to 35-26 after three quarters and held on for the win.
Zach Birmingham had six points while Garrett Scott added five for Manila, who connected on 7-10 from the free throw line while hitting two three pointers on the night.
Tyler Sargent scored 14 points while Dustin Canada added 10 to lead the Pirates. Gosnell made just 3-7 free throws but nailed four three pointers.
Manila raced to a 15-4 first quarter lead before watching Harrisburg rally in the second half to pull out a 23-22 victory over the Lady Lions in junior girls action.
The Lady Hornets cut Manila's 11 point first period lead to 17-13 by halftime, and outscored the Lady Lions 8-4 in the third quarter to pull even at 21-21 entering the final frame.
Savannah Jones scored nine points while Kristen Painter added eight to pace Manila. Katie Donner scored three points while Maegan Presson added two for Manila, who hit 4-8 from the foul line.