Town Crier Sports Staff
Winter weather altered Manila's basketball schedule last week, causing the cancellation of the Manila Lady Lion's game against Piggott on Thursday night. The Lady Lions played host to the unbeaten East Poinsett County Lady Warriors Monday night and came up on the short end of a 63-43 decision.
Sade Madden pumped in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds while younger sister Jordan Madden came up just short of a triple double with 16 points, 14 boards and eight assists to lead the Lady Warriors to their 23rd victory without a defeat. EPC improves to a perfect 14-0 in 3A-3 conference play.
Katie Veach scored 15 points to lead Manila while Rebekah White added 13 more. The Lady Lions dropped to 16-11 overall and 10-5 in league play.
EPC led 17-11 after the first period and 32-21 at the half. The Lady Warriors held a 49-33 advantage heading into the final frame.
In junior high action, Manila rolled past EPC 40-22.
Manila hosted Hoxie Tuesday night as seven seniors were honored before playing their last home game. The Lions put on a fourth quarter rally, but the Mustangs held on for a 47-45 victory in 3A-3 conference action.
Manila jumped to a 13-9 lead after the first period before watching Hoxie rally to take a 24-17 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Mustangs carried a 35-24 lead into the final quarter, but the Lions rallied before coming up just short at the end.
Ray Volner scored 19 points to pace the Mustang attack while Tanner Jarrett and Jon Lawrence added 13 and 10 points respectively. The Mustangs connected on 14-20 free throws.
The Lions were led by seniors Hunter Veach and Austin Metheney who scored 14 and 12 points respectively. Three other seniors got in the scoring column as Devin Wright scored eight, Dustin Hobeck netted four and Adam Bloom added three. Juniors Trey McCormick and Ross Malloy tallied two points apiece for the Lions, who hit five three pointers and connected on 6-10 from the foul line.
The Lions traveled to Hughes Friday night and dropped a 67-41 decision to the Blue Devils. Steve Johnson poured in 24 points while Kevin Brown added 22 more to pace Hughes.
Devin Wright led the Lions with eight points while Austin Metheney had seven.
Hughes grabbed a 17-9 first quarter lead before pulling away to a 33-20 halftime advantage. The Blue Devils blew the game open in the third quarter, taking a 60-32 lead entering the final frame.
In junior high action, Manila downed Hoxie 55-36 behind Blake Wheeler's game high 25 points. Wheeler hit three treys and was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line. Jared Burks and Dylan Hill scored six points apiece, Tracey Reinhart, Jeremy Goff, and Seth Towles had three points each, Tray Malone, Cody Webb, Tim Augustine and Stetson Ausbrooks netted two points apiece while Zach Birmingham added one. The Lions hit 5-6 free throws and drilled eight three pointers.
Manila led 16-9 after the first break, 28-14 at the half, and 41-23 after three quarters.
The Lions came up on the short end of a 56-47 decision at Hughes on Friday night.
Manila's senior boys will return to action Tuesday night when they play host to Riverside before traveling to Rector for another Senior A and B game Friday night.
The Lady Lions were scheduled to play Riverside Monday night, but will make up a conference game against Piggott instead. Manila will close out the regular season as they host Westside Thursday night.
The junior boys will travel to Corning as the number three seed in this week's 3A-3 District Tournament. The Lions (19-11, 10-6) will face sixth seeded Corning Monday afternoon at 4. If the Lions win, they will face the Hughes-Marmaduke winner Thursday afternoon at 5:15.
The Junior Lady Lions will open District Tournament play as the number five seed and will face fourth seeded Hoxie Tuesday night at 6:30.