Town Crier Sports Staff
Manila continued Riverside's early season woes with a 58-50 victory Thursday night over the Lady Rebels at Manila. Despite the absence of high scoring guard Kimberly Wise, the Lady Lions took control of the game in the second half to improve their record to 3-2 while Riverside fell to 1-3 on the young season.
"We're just not playing very good right now," said Riverside Coach Greg Rainwater. "We are struggling to score, to rebound, and we're getting in foul trouble every night. That is not to take anything away from any of the teams we've played. They are all good teams. I love this bunch of kids, they are good kids, but I just don't think I'm getting the effort out of them that they can give. We miss Marisa Johnson and we haven't been able to adjust yet from her absence. We aren't a very big team, but we've got to find a way to get rebounds. We will get better. I know we will, but we just haven't adjusted yet. We have a good group of kids and we will get better."
"I told our kids this would be a gut check for us tonight with Kimberly (Wise) being out, and it's a testament to them the way they played, beating a good Riverside team," said Manila Coach Jeff Priest. "The kids have really been working hard in practice, and Colleen Kemp is just playing extremely well right now. Michele Daniel hit some big free throws down the stretch, and our bench play was outstanding. All the kids are beginning to know their roles. I am really proud of the kids."
Riverside finished the first quarter with an 8-1 run to take a 16-10 lead into the second quarter, but the Lady Lions bounced back, outscoring Riverside 16-8 in the second period to take a two point lead into the dressing room at the half. Colleen Kemp, who led all scorers with 19 points, scored 14 in the first half, including nine in Manila's big second quarter.
Riverside battled back early in the third quarter to take a 28-26 lead on a driving basket by Kailey Holt, but the Lady Lions fought back, scoring the game's next 12 points to pull out to a 38-28 lead. Michelle Daniel's steal and lay-up at the 2:29 mark gave Manila their biggest lead of the night. Riverside put together a 6-0 run of their run, cutting the Lady Lion lead to 38-34 entering the final frame.
Manila maintained their slim advantage until Riverside's Katey Campbell nailed a 10-foot jumper with 4:57 left in the game to give the Lady Rebels their last lead of the night, 45-44.
Rebekah White answered for Manila with a short jumper of her own at the 4:32 mark, giving the Lady Lions the lead for good, 46-45. White followed with another short jumper on the Lions next possession, and a pair of Kemp lay-ups pushed the Manila lead to 52-45 with only 1:10 remaining in the game.
Daniel sank four straight free throws down the stretch as the Lady Lions held on to post the win.
Daniel and White joined Kemp in double figures for Manila, scoring 14 and 13 points respectively. Kristen Painter had five points while Kelce Misner and Heather Dozhier added three points apiece. Manila hit just 11-23 from the free throw line, but Daniel sank 8-11, including her four late free throws, sealing the win.
Riverside (1-3) was led by Campbell who scored 16 points while Brianna Driver added 15 more, including a perfect 5-5 from the foul line. Kelsey Turner hit three treys on the night to finish with nine points while Holt added four. Morgan Emery, Michelle Cobb and Kaitlin Brewer all tallied two points apiece.
In the junior high game, Riverside rolled to a 43-26 win behind seventh grader Lauren Weaver's 19 points. Kyley Campbell scored eight points, Beth Anne Snyder tallied six, Rebbekah Frayer netted four while Taylor Boness, Kendra Staggs and Kristen Carner added two points apiece.
Manila was led by Shelby Wallace, a seventh grader who scored eight points. Brittany Craine and Peyton Joyner added four points apiece. Kristen Wise scored three, Jordan Robertson and Dina Aguilar contributed two points each while Lindsey Green added one point.
Earlier in the week, Manila downed Armorel 65-55 while Riverside dropped a 56-50 decision to Weiner in senior girls action.
In Manila's 10 point win over the Lady Tigers, Kimberly Wise led the way with 19 points while Colleen Kemp and Rebekah White added 13 and 11 points respectively. The two teams played to a 9-9 first quarter tie before Manila took a 29-27 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Lions exploded for 23 third quarter points to pull out to a 52-38 lead after three quarters.
Michelle Daniel scored eight points, Katie Donner and Jonna Dodd netted three points each while Kelce Misner, Heather Dozhier, and Savannah Jones added two points apiece. Manila finished 22-36 from the free throw line.
Brittany Brooks led all scorers with 28 points for Armorel.
In junior high action, Armorel beat Manila 37-20. Peyton Joyner led Manila with seven points. Taylor Craig, Lindsey Green, Courtney Craine and Kristen Wise scored two points apiece while Morgan Earnest added one.
In Weiner's victory over Riverside, Madison Craft pumped in 23 points while Maleigh Harris added 17 to lead the Lady Cardinals. Weiner hit 15-18 free throws and drilled five three pointers to help seal the win.
Riverside placed four players in double figures, led by Brianna Driver and Morgan Emery who scored 12 points each. Katey Campbell and Kailey Holt tallied 10 points apiece while Kelsey Turner added six for the Lady Rebels, who made 5-6 free throws and hit two three pointers.
Riverside led 12-11 after the first quarter and 23-22 at the half, but Weiner outscored Riverside 19-11 in the third quarter to take a 41-34 lead into the final frame.
In junior high action, Riverside downed Weiner 49-46 as Lauren Weaver scored 17 points while Kyley Campbell and Taylor Boness added 11 each. Rebbekah Frayer tallied six while Beth Anne Snyder and Allysia Thibodeaux added two points apiece.
Weiner jumped to a 13-11 first period lead before Riverside rallied to take a 25-23 lead at the half. Weiner came back to regain the lead 36-34 entering the final quarter, but the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Cardinals 15-10 in the final period to claim the victory.
Brittany Upton and Kaylee Westerman led Weiner with 15 and 13 points respectively.
The Lady Lions will host Weiner on Thursday night.
Riverside travels to Armorel Thursday night to take on the Lady Tigers.