Town Crier Sports Staff
Manila Lady Lions have battled adversity most of this basketball season, suffering through several injuries to a squad already short on numbers. But their hard work and perseverance paid off big time Thursday night when the Lions came away with a key 3A-3 conference win on the road against Marmaduke.
Rebekah White scored the game's first two points and the Lady Lions never trailed again in posting a 46-38 victory over the Lady Greyhounds at Chester Barner Sr. Gymnasium.
Manila increased their lead to as many as 13 points in the first half but saw Marmaduke fight back on several occasions, but each time the Lady Lions had an answer as they improved to 15-9 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
Manila held a 12-3 lead after the first quarter as White scored six points, including four on offensive stickbacks. The Lady Lions continued to build their lead and held an 18-5 advantage when senior Katie Veach completed a three point play at the 5:08 mark of the second quarter.
Marmaduke rallied by getting to the free throw line eight times in the final 4:39 of the opening half. Brittany Drope hit 1-2 foul shots with 1:15 left in the half, and following a Manila miss, Lindsey Hickson, who scored Marmaduke's only three points of the opening quarter by nailing a three pointer, connected on her second trey of the game to close the gap to 20-17 at the 52 second mark. But the Lady Lions answered when freshman Kimberly Wise drilled a triple of her own to give Manila a 23-17 lead at the half.
Wise scored Manila's first four points of the second half to give the Lions a double digit lead, 27-17, but the Lady Greyhounds put together a run of their own, outscoring Manila 11-5 to trim the Lion lead to 32-28 entering the final quarter.
White opened the fourth quarter with an offensive stickback and was fouled. The 5'11" sophomore completed the three point play, draining the free throw to give Manila a 35-28 lead. Kelce Misner came away with a steal and darted the length of the court for a lay-up to push the Lion lead to nine with 7:09 remaining.
Marmaduke trimmed the lead to 39-34 on a pair of buckets by Shawna Spurling. After Katie Veach hit 1-2 from the foul line to give Manila a 40-34 lead at the 1:44 mark, Marmaduke's Jade Brinkley scored on an offensive rebound to cut the Lion lead to 40-35 with 1:00 left. But on Manila's next possession, Michele Daniel calmly sank both ends of a double bonus, pushing the Lion lead to 42-36, and the Lady Greyhounds cut get no closer.
White led the Lady Lions, recording a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Wise finished with nine points, Daniel scored eight while Veach added seven points and eight boards. Misner and Colleen Kemp netted four points each while Heather Dozhier added two.
Jade Brinkley also netted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Greyhounds, who shot just 32 percent from the field, going 13-40. Marmaduke also had a miserable night from behind the three point arc, connecting on just 3-15. The Lady Greyhounds were 9-12 from the foul line.
Manila hit 46 percent from the field and connected on 14-22 from the foul line. The Lady Lions also came away with a 32-30 edge on the boards.
"This was a big road win,"said Manila Coach Codie Malloy. "We played well and handled the ball a little better tonight. Our free throw shooting was better tonight. That's what cost us the game against them in the NEA Tournament. We were patient and were able to stretch the lead out in the first half. They made a run on us in the third quarter but we were able to maintain our lead. We had some kids get in foul trouble that hurt us in the third quarter but we had some kids come off the bench and play well. Rebekah White would receive our game ball tonight. She really played well offensively and defensively and gave us a big spark at the beginning of the game."
Manila traveled to Brookland Monday night and took care of the Lady Bearcats 64-31. Katie Veach and Kimberly Wise led the Lady Lions with 16 and 15 points respectively while Michele Daniel scored 10 points and dished out six assists. Rebekah White and Kelce Misner scored eight points apiece, Colleen Kemp had three while Heather Dozhier and Chantel Hanes added two points each. Manila was 9-10 from the foul line and hit three treys.
Michelle Wiseman paced Brookland with 14 points. The Lady Bearcats hit 7-12 free throws.
Manila led 21-9 after the first quarter and 38-17 at the half. The Lady Lions carried a 58-25 lead into the final quarter.
In junior high action, Manila came away with a clean sweep, knocking off Brookland 38-19 before coming back to take a 35-21 win over Marmaduke.
Savannah Jones scored 16 points to lead the Lady Lions over Brookland. Maegan Presson had six, Katie Donner scored five, Jonna Dodd and Kristen Painter tallied four points apiece, Jordan Robertson netted two and Brittany Bennett added one point. Manila hit 10-14 from the free throw line.
Jade Stevens led Brookland with 12 points. The Lady Bearcats were only 2-9 from the free throw line and hit one three pointer.
Manila led 9-6 after the first quarter, 17-10 at the half and 26-15 after three periods.
Savannah Jones paced the Lady Lions past Marmaduke with a team high 10 points while Maegan Presson pitched in eight. Jonna Dodd netted six, Kristen Painter tallied five, Katie Donner scored four while Jordan Robertson added two. Manila went 5-9 from the foul line.
The Lady Lions led 10-2 after the first quarter and held a 19-10 halftime lead. Manila put the game away in the third quarter and took a 29-15 lead into the final frame.
Manila will return to action Monday night when they play host to Corning in a 3A-3 conference matchup before hosting Hoxie Thursday night in another conference tilt.