Gosnell rallies past Lady Lions 60-55

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gosnell outscored Manila 20-11 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 60-55 come from behind victory over the Lady Lions Monday night at Manila.

Manila's Shelby Wallace battles an unidentified Gosnell player for the ball Monday night while teammates Peyton Joyner, Cortney Craine, Emily Cook and Kirsten Adcock look on.

Kemahri Soward scored 14 of her game high 34 points in the decisive final frame to lead the Lady Pirate come back. Gosnell began their comeback, scoring the first four points of the fourth quarter to tie the game 44-44.

Manila's Shelby Wallace hit one of two free throws to give the Lady Lions their last lead, 45-44 with 4:01 left in the game.

The Lady Pirates took the lead for good when Shanice McClain put in an offensive stick-back after teammate Brittany Taylor missed the front end of a one and one at the 3:57 mark.

Soward scored the next eight points for Gosnell to give the Pirates a 54-50 lead with 1:45 left in the game. Cortney Craine pulled Manila to within 54-52 on a driving lay-up with 1:24 to go, but McClain and Soward combined for three free throws to push the Lady Pirate lead back to 57-52 with just 23 seconds remaining.

Craine hit a short jumper with 15 seconds left to make the score 57-54, giving the Lady Lions one last gasp to even the game, but Manila was forced to foul Soward at the 10 second mark and the sharpshooting guard calmly sank both attempts, giving Gosnell a 59-54 cushion. The two teams traded free throws in the final seconds as the Lady Pirates took home the five point victory.

McClain joined Soward in double figures for Gosnell with 14 points. The Lady Pirates sank 22-32 free throw attempts.

Craine led Manila with 20 points while freshman Kirsten Adcock drained three treys on her way to a 13 point performance. Wallace scored seven while Emily Cook, Taylor Teague and Jordan Robertson all added five points apiece. Manila hit 11-20 foul shots and drilled six three pointers on the evening.

In junior high action, Manila came away with a 44-31 victory, led by Kailen Shelton's game high 22 points. Deven Burrow added 15 points, including three treys on the night. Charlie Smith scored four while Haley Hicks chipped in three points for the Lady Lions, who hit 21-31 free throws.

Manila jumped to a 12-0 lead after the first period and held a 25-12 advantage at the half. The Lady Lions took a 33-24 edge into the final quarter.

Manila returned to action Monday night when they hosted Earle. The Lady Lions will also participate in the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 at Caraway.

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