(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
The Lady Lions dropped a tough 50-45 decision Monday night to Tuckerman as Meagan Goza poured in 22 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Tuckerman jumped to a 20-10 first period lead as the sophomore pumped in 10 points to lead the way. The Lady Bulldogs stretched their advantage to 32-21 at the half despite three treys in the second quarter by Manila, two by Kemp and one from Tiffany Pentecost.
Kemp began the third quarter with back to back three pointers as the Lady Lions rallied and closed to within 39-38 by the end of the third period. Manila took a 45-44 lead on a 10-foot jumper from White with 2:09 left in the game, but Tuckerman scored the game's last six points to pull out the victory.
Claire Caldwell and Amanda McGhee added 10 points apiece for Tuckerman, who improved to 21-6 overall and 9-2 in league play. "I thought we played a real good overall game tonight, both offensively and defensively," said Tuckerman coach Debbie Skaggs. "This was a big road win for us. Manila has a very good team, but we were able to get the ball inside to Goza tonight and our guards took care of the ball, which was a big key. I was proud of our effort."
In junior high action, Manila dropped a 42-29 decision to Tuckerman despite 15 points from eighth grader Courtney Craine. Kirsten Adcock scored four points, Taylor Bishop and Taylor Teague tallied three points apiece while Kristen Wise and Charlie Smith added two points each.
Manila lost to Rivercrest 50-24 in Friday night's junior high game.
Manila will return to action with a 3A-3 conference game against Corning at Manila Monday night. The Lady Lions will host Hoxie in another conference tilt Thursday night.