(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
Marmaduke freshmen Chelsea Drope and Rachel Morton combined to hit 10-11 free throws in the last 2:00 to lift the Lady Greyhounds to a 64-59 come from behind victory Thursday night at Manila. Drope went 8-8 in the last 46 seconds as the Greyhounds held off Manila to post a key 3A-3 conference win.
Manila, who led most of the game, broke a 52-52 tie with 4:02 remaining in the game on a three point play by sophomore Kristen Painter to put the Lady Lions up 55-52. But Manila would go the next 3:00 without scoring, allowing Marmaduke to regain the lead. Morton scored on a lay-in at the 3:21 mark to pull the Lady Greyhounds to within 55-54 before she gave Marmaduke the lead 56-55 on a pair of free throws at the 1:59 mark.
Manila broke the scoring drought with an offensive stick-back by sophomore Kimberly Wise with 1:01 to go. Marmaduke regained the lead on a pair of Drope free throws with 46 seconds left before Manila's Rebekah White answered with a pair of charity tosses of her own to put Manila up for the last time, 59-58, with 35 seconds left.
Marmaduke worked the ball around on their next possession before Drope was fouled, sending the freshman to the line with 16 seconds to play. Drope hit both free throws to put the Lady Greyhounds up for good, 60-59. A Manila turnover led to two more free throws by Drope with seven seconds left. Drope sealed the win by calmly sinking two more charity tosses with four seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.
Manila took the lead midway through the first period and held a 17-9 advantage with 1:29 left in the opening period, before Drope completed a three point play to pull the Lady Greyhounds to within 17-12 after the first break.
Manila maintained their advantage throughout the second quarter, leading 31-23 at intermission.
Marmaduke began the third quarter with a 10-2 run to even the game at 33 at the 5:35 mark. The Lady Greyhounds knotted the game on a three point bucket by Kelsey Reagan. Manila took the lead back with a run of their own, capped off by a three point play by White to take a 44-39 advantage late in the period. Marmaduke's Jamie Ricker scored on an offensive rebound with two seconds left in the quarter to pull the Lady 'Hounds to within 44-41 entering the final frame.
"I thought we played hard tonight," said Manila Coach Jeff Priest. "We just couldn't come up with the key baskets in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. The effort was there. I thought we played hard offensively and defensively. That 8-0 run at the start of the third quarter put us on our heels. I thought Wise and White played very good tonight. We just couldn't get a stop down the stretch. It was going to be whoever had the ball last would win."
Manila (15-12, 6-6) was led by White who scored 21 points and Wise who poured in 20 more. Colleen Kemp finished with nine points while Kelce Misner, Kristen Painter and Katie Donner added three points apiece.
Marmaduke was led by Drope's game high 23 points. The Lady Greyhounds, who hit 20-26 free throws on the night, also got 16 points from Morton and 13 from Ricker.
In the junior high contest, Marmaduke rolled to a 50-22 victory. Megan Nolen led the Lady Greyhounds with 17 points while Mercedez Jones and Anna Best added 15 and 13 points respectively.
Peyton Joyner led the Lady Lions with nine points. Jordan Robertson had five points, Morgan Earnest tallied four while Courtney Craine and Dina Aguilar added two points apiece.
Manila began the week with a 58-34 rout of Brookland. Manila jumped to a 24-4 first period advantage and led 43-17 at the half. The Lady Lions went up by 30, 54-24, entering the final quarter.
Kimberly Wise led all scorers with 23 points while Rebekah White chipped in 14 more. Heather Dozhier tallied five, Kristen Painter and Colleen Kemp netted four points apiece, Kelce Misner and Savannah Jones contributed three each while Chantel Hames added two.
Ginny Nelson led Brookland with 14 points.
Brookland took the junior high contest 42-35. Jade Stevens led Brookland with 14 points while Jennifer Tolewitzke scored 12 and Ajax Simpson added 10.
Peyton Joyner led all scorers with 20 points for Manila. Brittany Craine netted six, Taylor Craig tallied four, Jordan Robertson and Courtney Craine pitched in two apiece while Lindsey Green added one.
Manila will return to action Monday night when they travel to Corning. The Lady Lions will play host to Hoxie Thursday night.