Lady Lions hold off Mustangs 38-34

Thursday, November 19, 2009
BIC freshman Brittany Fowler (24) attempts to drive past Manila freshman Cortney Craine (32) in senior girls basketball action Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex.

Manila built a 14 point fourth quarter lead but had to withstand a furious rally by Buffalo Island Central to hang on for a 38-34 victory in senior girls basketball action Monday night, Nov. 9, at the Mustang Athletic Complex.

The Lady Lions led 35-21 after Cortney Craine's offensive stick-back with 5:58 left in the game, and seemed to be in complete control, only to watch the Lady Mustangs go on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 35-32 with 56 seconds left in the game.

BIC started their comeback when freshman Brittany Fowler connected on a pair of free throws, followed by a driving Jenna Pike layup that trimmed the Manila lead to 10 with 4:07 left. Holly Dempsey drilled a three pointer from the left wing at the 3:03 mark, cutting the lead to 35-28, and BIC drew closer on a bucket by Taylor Owens at the 1:28 mark, making the score 35-30. After a Manila miss from the foul line on the front end of a one and one, Fowler drilled a 17-footer and suddenly the Lady Lion lead was only three.

Manila's Carla Kemp (31) and BIC's Jenna Pike (22) battle for possession of the basketball in senior girls action Monday night at Monette. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Forced to foul with the clock winding down, BIC sent Kimberly Wise to the foul line for a one and one with 29 seconds to play. Wise hit the front end, but missed the second shot, leaving the Lady Lions with a 36-32 lead. Fowler struck again with another jump shot, this time from 15 feet away to slice the margin to 36-34 with only 22 seconds to go. BIC fouled again, sending Wise back to the line, and the 5'9" senior calmly sank both ends of the one and one, giving Manila a two-possession lead, 38-34, with 16.8 seconds left in the game.

BIC hurried down the floor and got the ball to Taylor Owens, but EPC transfer Carla Kemp blocked Owens' shot, sealing the win for the Lady Lions.

Manila got 10 points apiece from Wise and Tiffany Pentecost, who hit three treys on the night. Craine scored eight, Kemp had five, Kristen Painter netted four while Savannah Jones added one point. The Lady Lions finished 11-19 from the foul line and nailed four three pointers.

Fowler led BIC with 18 points. Pike scored nine, Owens tallied four while Dempsey finished with three. BIC connected on 13-20 foul shots and made three treys.

In junior high action, BIC rolled to a 27-8 victory. Cassidy Qualls, Kaylee Greathouse and Katelyn Sparkman all scored six points apiece to lead the Lady Mustangs. Brittany Stockton tallied five, Emily Owens netted three while Hannah Poe added one point.

Kristen Wise led Manila with five points while Charlie Smith and Taylor Teague added two and one point respectively.

Manila placed four players in double figures en route to a 60-38 victory at Brookland Thursday night. Carla Kemp led the way with 17 points, Kimberly Wise scored 13, freshman Cortney Craine tallied 12 while Kristen Painter added 10. Tiffany Pentecost and Taylor Craig finished with three points apiece while Savannah Jones added two.

Ajax Simpson led Brookland with nine while Samantha Flowers added eight.

In junior high action, Brookland edged Manila 42-41. Chamy Keough led Brookland with 17 points while Kayla Kee added 15.

Devon Burrow drilled five three pointers to lead Manila with 15 points. Taylor Bishop scored eight, Taylor Teague tallied six, Shelby Wallace and Kirston Adcock scored four points apiece, Kristen Wise netted three while Charlie Smith added one to round out the Manila scoring.

Manila will return to action Monday night when they host Tuckerman. The Lady Lions will travel to Harrisburg Thursday night.

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