Lady Lions swat Hornets 68-55

Friday, November 28, 2008
Manila Coach Jeff Priest presents Lady Lion Kimberly Wise with the basketball used when the junior scored her 1000th career point on November 13th against Brookland. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Manila drilled five three pointers in the first quarter en route to a 21-6 lead and never looked back in the Lady Lion's 68-55 3A-3 conference victory over Harrisburg Thursday night at Manila.

The Lady Lions bolted out of the gates early with an 8-0 run, capped off by back to back three pointers from senior Colleen Kemp. Harrisburg fought back, hitting a pair of treys to pull within 8-6, but that was as close as the Lady Hornets would get all night.

Manila closed the first quarter with a 13-0 run, including three point baskets from Kemp, Kimberly Wise and Tiffany Pentecost.

Lady Lion Katie Donner (5) looks for an opening during Thursday night's game with Harrisburg at Manila.

Harrisburg chiseled the Manila lead to 27-20 by the 3:34 mark of the second quarter, but back to back three pointers by Pentecost and Wise propelled the Lady Lions on a 12-4 run, giving Manila a 39-24 lead at the half.

Wise, who was honored before the game for scoring her 1000th career point last week, scored Manila's final nine points of the second quarter.

Katie Donner and Pentecost drilled consecutive treys midway through the third period to stretch the Manila lead to 49-29. Rebekah White followed with the conventional three point play, and when Wise drove the length of the court for a lay-up at the 2:37 mark, Manila held a 54-31 lead, their largest of the night.

Manila scored the last six points of the third period, and took a 60-36 advantage into the final frame.

Manila guard Colleen Kemp (31) directs the Lady Lion offense against Harrisburg Thursday night.

Olga Diaz, who led Harrisburg with 13 points, scored 11 in the final period to help the Lady Hornets make the score a more respectable 13 point deficit at the finish.

Wise led all scorers with 18 points while White scored 17 and Kemp chipped in 15 more. Penetecost hit three treys to finish with nine points, Donner netted three while Jonna Dodd, Jordan Robertson and Maegan Presson all scored two points apiece. The Lady Lions finished a perfect 7-7 from the foul line and drilled 10 treys on the night.

Manila began the week dropping a 46-39 decision at Tuckerman. The Lady Lions held a 12-10 lead after the first period, but Tuckerman fought back to tie the score at 17-17 by halftime. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Manila 15-9 in the third period to take a 32-26 lead and held on in the fourth quarter to claim the win.

Danielle Wright led Tuckerman with 15 points while Amanda McGee added 10 more.

Rebekah White topped all scorers with 18 points while Kimberly Wise scored 10. Kristen Painter scored eight, Katie Donner had two while Savannah Jones added one.

In junior high action, Manila began the week losing a 43-23 decision at Tuckerman. Morgan Earnest led the Lady Lions with seven points while Courtney Craine and Taylor Bishop added six points apiece. Shelby Wallace scored two while Kristen Wise and Kirsten Adcock added one point each.

The Lady Lions fell to Buffalo Island Central 44-26 in the first round of the Bay Invitational Tournament Tuesday night at Bay. Courtney Craine led the Lions with nine while Shelby Wallace scored five points. Kristen Wise and Taylor Teague tallied three points apiece while Morgan Earnest, Devon Burrow and Dina Aguilar added two points each.

Harrisburg held off the Junior Lady Lions 43-34 in a 3A-3 conference battle Thursday night at Manila. The Lady Lions trailed by only 23-22 entering the final frame, but the Lady Hornets outscored Manila 20-12 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Kiley Howton led all scorers, pumping in 18 points for Harrisburg.

Shelby Wallace paced Manila with 13 points while Taylor Bishop added seven. Courtney Craine and Devon Burrow tallied five points apiece while Kristen Wise and Morgan Earnest added two points each.

Manila will return to action Monday when they play host to Gosnell.

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