Town Crier Sports Staff
Kimberly Wise scored 20 points, all in the second half, to lead Manila to a
55-44 come from behind victory over Piggott in the first round of the 3A-3 District Tournament Tuesday night at Corning.
Wise, who sat out most of the first half with foul trouble, ignited Manila's second half comeback, scoring 15 third quarter points to erase a two point halftime deficit and give the Lady Lions a 37-29 advantage heading into the final frame.
But it was Kristen Painter who put the Lady Lions up for good, beginning the third quarter with an offensive stick-back while being fouled. Painter's subsequent free throw completed the three point play and gave Manila a 20-19 lead, an advantage they would hold onto the rest of the night. Wise scored Manila's next 12 points, including a pair of three pointers, to push the Lady Lion lead to 33-24 at the 2:08 mark of the period.
Piggott finally got untracked when Jordan Engle connected on a pair of free throws followed by a three point play by sophomore Michelle Greaney with 1:02 to go, pulling the Lady Mohawks to within 33-29.
Manila retaliated when sophomore Savannah Jones scored from the inside and Wise followed with another inside bucket to close out the quarter, giving Manila a 37-29 lead.
Piggott would never get closer than six points the rest of the way, as the Lady Lions put the game on ice from the free throw line by hitting 14-18 charity tosses in the final quarter.
Joining Wise in double figures for Manila was Rebekah White who scored 15 points while Colleen Kemp added 11 points and dished out eight assists. Painter netted five points while Jones and Katie Donner added two points apiece. Manila connected on
22-31 free throw attempts and hit three treys on the night.
Greaney led Piggott with 13 points while Engle added 11. The Lady Mohawks made
10-12 free throws and hit four three pointers.
Manila saw their season come to an end Wednesday night at the hands of Hughes, who slipped by the Lady Lions 64-61 despite Kimberly Wise's 39 point performance.
The Lady Lions, who held a 27-26 lead at the half, watched Hughes rally in the third quarter to take a 43-37 advantage into the final frame.
Rebekah White also hit double digits, scoring 10 points for Manila.
Sherika Barrett pumped in 30 points while teammate Jasmine Troup added 24 more to lead the 20-7 Lady Blue Devils into the tournament semifinals.