Lady Lions lose 52-38 to Yellville in Regionals

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yellville's size proved too much for Manila, as the Lady Lions saw their season come to a disappointing finish with a 52-38 loss to the Lady Panthers Wednesday afternoon in the Class 3 Regional Tournament at Bergman.

Manila, who closed their season with a 20-10 record, faced a Lady Panther team with players standing 5'9", 6'1" and 6'3".

"We just had a bad matchup," said Lion Coach Jeff Priest. "That happens sometimes in regional and state tournament play. We hoped to get a lead early in the game to bring them out of their zone defense, but they got off to a 6-0 start and we had problems the rest of the night. Their size also allowed them to pass the ball over the top of our press, which is one of our strengths. We got only one shot per possession, plus most of our shots were contested."

Yellville led 10-8 after the first period before the Lady Lions rallied to take their only lead of the game, 14-13, late in the second quarter. Yellville went on a 4-0 run to close the half and took a 17-14 edge into the dressing room at intermission.

The Lady Panthers extended their margin to 28-18 by the end of the third quarter, and Manila could never trim the deficit to under 10 points the rest of the way.

Kimberly Wise led Manila with 18 points while senior point guard Colleen Kemp pumped in 14 more, including four three pointers. Rebekah White and Kristen Painter were the only other two Lady Lions to reach the scoring column with four and two points respectively.

"I am very proud of the girls," said Priest. "We had a great season, winning 20 games. We really finished strong, capturing the District Tournament championship, and we were also the Gerald Jennings Tournament champions as well. We are disappointed, but we have nothing to hang our heads about. It's been a very good season."

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