Wise pumps in 28 points
By TRENT FLETCHER
Colleen Kemp sank a pair of free throws with 47 seconds to go to stretch the lead to 56-51, and following a driving lay-up by Corning's Felicia Woodard, the Lady Lions salted the game away when Kimberly Wise and Rebekah White hit both ends of one and one foul shots, garnering Manila's first district title under head coach Jeff Priest's tenure.
Manila took a 14-10 lead after the opening quarter and led 25-19 with 2:00 to go in the first half before Corning went on a 9-0 run to take a 28-25 lead into the dressing room at the half.
Manila started the second half with a pair of three pointers from Wise, who finished the night with a game high 28 points, despite playing on a gimpy knee injured the night before against Tuckerman. The junior nailed another trey with 3:12 to go in the third period, giving Manila a 38-32 advantage, and the Lions stretched their lead to 41-32 when Wise completed a conventional three point play at the 2:38 mark.
The Lady Bobcats took a 43-41 lead on a Woodard basket to open the final frame. But Manila rallied when Kemp nailed a three pointer and drilled three of three free throws after being fouled on another three point attempt to pull ahead 47-45 midway through the final quarter.
Woodard kept Corning in the game, completing a three point play of her own to pull the Lady Bobcats to within 50-48 at the 2:41 mark before Scheffler's three point play closed the margin to one, setting the stage for Manila's nail-biting victory.
Woodard led Corning with 19 points while Scheffler added 13 more. The Lady Bobcats hit 10-12 charity attempts and made three treys.
"This has been a roller-coaster year for us," said Priest. "We started the year 11-3 but then had some sickness and injuries before closing the season winning nine of our last 10 games. The girls have fought the whole year and never gave up. Ten or twenty years from now, when these girls bring their kids back to our gym, the kids can look up and see that Momma was a pretty good player at one time. Being district champions is something they will remember for a lifetime."
Manila vs. Hoxie
The Lady Lions qualified for the regional tournament with a heart-stopping 47-46 come from behind victory over Hoxie on Wednesday night. Manila trailed throughout most of the game before rallying in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Mustangs 19-13 to pull out the win.
Whitlee Parrish led Hoxie with 12 points while former Lady Lion Kelce Misner added 11.
Manila vs. Tuckerman
Manila qualified for the finals with a 51-39 win over top seeded Tuckerman Friday night. The Lady Lions took a 14-12 first period edge and led 23-19 at the half. Manila increased their lead to 41-29 heading into the final frame.
Wise led Manila with 17 points while White and Painter added 13 points apiece. Kemp scored six while Jones added two.
Tuckerman's Meaghan Goza led all scorers with 18 points.