Manila girls down Brookland

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Manila jumped to a 22-4 first period lead and never looked back in posting a 52-31 victory over Brookland Thursday night in 3A-3 conference action. The Lady Lions salvaged the much-needed victory after dropping two games earlier in the week.

Manila struggled in the absence of 5'9" senior post Rebekah White in losses to Earle and Campbell, Mo., on Monday and Tuesday nights. White's return, following an injury, sparked her teammates who had missed the senior's inside presence the previous two games.

"We really missed Rebekah," Manila Coach Jeff Priest said. "She is a very important part of our team. We really missed her inside scoring and rebounding, and we are very glad to have her back."

Kimberly Wise scored 15 points while Colleen Kemp added 13 more to lead the Lady Lions in scoring against the Lady Bearcats. White added eight points, Tiffany Pentecost came off the bench to score six, while Taylor Craig chipped in five. Savannah Jones and Jonna Dodd added three and two points respectively.

Manila (12-7, 5-5) lost to Earle 56-44 on Monday night and dropped a 51-29 decision to Campbell, Mo., the following night.

Colleen Kemp led Manila with 16 points in the loss to Earle, while Kimberly Wise followed with 12 points. Kristen Painter scored seven. Tiffany Pentecost tallied three while Katie Donner, Savannah Jones and Maegan Presson chipped in two points apiece. The Lady Lions were 10-17 from the foul line and hit two treys against the Lady Bulldogs.

Earle led 14-9 after the first period and stretched their advantage to 31-19 by halftime. The Lady Bulldogs took a 44-31 lead into the final frame.

Colleen Kemp was the only Lady Lion in double figures, scoring 11 points in the Campbell game. Kimberly Wise tallied seven, Katie Donner netted four, Maegan Presson chipped in three while Jonna Dodd and Taylor Craig added tow points apiece. Manila finished 11-17 from the foul stripe.

Campbell held a 10-4 lead after the first period and led 26-14 at the half. Manila trailed 33-18 entering the final quarter.

In junior high action, Earle downed Manila 47-24 behind Destiny Jones' 15 points. The two teams played to a 5-5 tie after the first period before Earle took a 20-12 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Bulldogs led 33-20 heading into the fourth quarter.

Courtney Craine paced Manila with 12 points. Kristen Wise tallied three points, while Shelby Wallace, Taylor Bishop, Devon Burrow and Taylor Teague all added two points apiece. Kirsten Adcock contributed one point.

Campbell, Mo., outscored Manila 16-5 in the fourth quarter to rally to a 41-38 win Tuesday night. Taylor Thacker led Campbell with 14 points.

Manila had a slim 9-8 lead after the first period but increased their advantage to 20-16 by half. The Lady Lions doubled their advantage entering the fourth quarter, taking a 33-25 lead into the final frame.

Courtney Craine led Manila with 12 points while Shelby Wallace and Kristen Wise added nine and seven points respectively. Taylor Bishop scored five, Taylor Teague and Kirsten Adcock tallied two points apiece while Morgan Earnest added one. Manila hit just 11-28 from the free throw line.

The Lady Lions dropped a 36-25 decision to Brookland Thursday night. Samantha Flowers led all scorers with 14 points for the Lady Bearcats.

Courtney Craine paced Manila with eight points while Shelby Wallace scored five. Taylor Teague netted four. Kristen Wise tallied three while Taylor Bishop and Devon Burrow scored two points apiece. Kirsten Adcock added one point.

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