Manila boys roll into quarterfinals of NEA; Lady Lions lose heartbreaker to Marked Tree

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Manila knocked down 11 three pointers and raced to an easy 83-57 victory over Cedar Ridge in the second round of the A-AA-AAA boys division in Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament play Thursday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Lady Lion Shelby Wallace drives for two of her team high 25 points in Manila's 60-57 loss to Marked Tree Thursday in the NEA Tournament. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

The Lady Lions were not as fortunate, as they watched Marked Tree put on a furious fourth quarter half rally to hand Manila a heartbreaking 60-57 defeat Thursday night.

J.J. Helton and Kam Ashabranner scored 19 points apiece to lead four Lions in double figures in Manila's victory over the Timberwolves. Helton and Ashabranner combined for seven of the Lion's 11 treys on the night. Levi Wallace and Garrett Scott also hit double digits, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively. Taylor Morgan tallied eight points, Dillon Burrow netted five while Colbey Williams, Tracey Wade Reinhart and Dylan Bogle all added three points apiece.

Lion senior Kam Ashabranner attempts to slam home two in Manila's 83-57 NEA Tournament rout of Cedar Ridge Thursday.

Manila held a 19-9 lead after the opening period and stretched their advantage to 43-20 at the half. The Lions led 58-33 heading into the final frame.

Jordan Steele led the Timberwolves with 13 points while Clayton Butler added 12 more. Cedar Ridge hit 15-26 foul shots and drained six three pointers on the night.

The Lions will advance to the quarterfinals and will take on conference rival Rivercrest, the seventh seed, in a 1:30 Monday afternoon matchup.

The Lady Lions built a 14 point lead in the third quarter, but saw Marked Tree whittle away at the margin, cutting the Manila advantage to 44-37 by the end of the period.

Marked Tree's full court pressure caused several Manila turnovers in the final quarter, helping the Lady Indians eventually take the lead late in the game.

Trailing by three points with just three seconds remaining, Manila called timeout to set up one last play in an attempt to put the game into overtime, but Alytrius Perry spoiled Manila's strategy by picking off the inbounds pass to secure the victory.

Perry pumped in a game high 27 points while Quandedra Perry tallied 13 points and Emilee Timbs added 11. The Lady Indians hit 14-23 foul shots and finished with four three pointers.

Shelby Wallace scored a team high 25 points to pace Manila while Courtney Craine and freshman Kirsten Adcock added 11 and 10 points respectively. Emily Cook had six points, Jordan Robertson and Taylor Teague netted two points each while Peyton Joyner finished with one point.

The Lady Lions held a 19-9 lead after the first quarter and took a 32-23 advantage into the dressing room at the half before Marked Tree put on its second half comeback.

The Lady Lions will take the rest of the holidays off before returning to regular season action Thursday, Jan. 6, in a 3A-3 conference game at Harrisburg.

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