Lions clinch conference title
Manila celebrated Homecoming with an 88-54 demolition of Piggott Friday night, wrapping up the 3A-3 conference championship with the victory.
Senior J.J. Helton pumped in 20 points while Kam Ashabranner and Taylor Morgan chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively, as the Lions improved to 20-6 overall and 13-1 in conference play.
Manila held a 28-12 lead after the opening quarter and took a 59-27 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lions led 79-43 after three periods of play.
Hayden McMillion scored 12 points while Lucas Brewer added 11 to lead the Mohawks.
Manila squeezed by the Mohawks 51-49 in the junior high contest.
The Lions began the week with a convincing 60-45 victory over rival Rivercrest at Wilson. Levi Wallace completed a monster game, scoring 29 points while pulling down 22 rebounds to lead the Manila attack. Kam Ashabranner pumped in 19 points while J.J. Helton drained four three pointers to finish with 12 points on the night.
Manila led 13-12 after the first period and 28-27 at the half. The Lions took a 46-42 edge into the fourth quarter. Manila outscored the Colts 14-3 in the final frame to secure the victory and eliminate Rivercrest from the conference race.
Tevin Howard led Rivercrest with 19 points, including five three pointers, while Demoine Brown chipped in 11 points. The Colts managed to hit just six of 17 free throws on the night.
In junior high action, Rivercrest rolled past Manila 62-39, placing four players in double digits, led by Khali Williams, who scored 15 points. Marquez Chew netted 12, Garrett Lane tallied 11 while Tim Talley chipped in 10 points. The Colts hit seven of 12 foul shots and drilled seven three pointers.
Tanner Platz led Manila with 13 points while Caleb Reinhart added 11 more. Scott Eubanks scored nine while Kyle Joyner and Gavin Parker added three points apiece. Manila hit nine of 16 free throws and drained six treys on the night.
The senior Lions will complete its home schedule Tuesday night, hosting Riverside, before finishing the regular season Friday night at Buffalo Island Central in a pair of non-conference games.
The Lady Lions split a pair of conference games last week, losing at Rivercrest 71-48 Monday night before bouncing back Thursday night with an 81-42 victory over Piggott in Manila's final home game of the season.
Manila placed five players in double digits in its victory over Piggott, led by Emily Cook who pumped in a team high 17 points. Kirsten Adcock netted 14 points, Shelby Wallace tallied 13 while Taylor Teague and Jordan Robertson added 12 points apiece. Taylor Craig scored six, Courtney Craine pitched in four while Kristen Wise added three points to round out the Lady Lion scoring attack. Manila finished the night hitting an incredible 15 treys on the night.
Brianna Wright drained six three pointers to finish with 18 points in leading the Piggott scoring attack.
Emily Cook scored 16 points in Manila's loss Monday night at Rivercrest. Kirsten Adcock had eight, Courtney Craine and Taylor Craig pitched in seven points apiece, Taylor Teague netted six while Shelby Wallace added four to round out the Manila scoring. The Lady Lions hit 11-14 foul shots and drilled five three pointers.
Dominique Brown led Rivercrest with 23 points. The Lady Colts hit 12-23 foul shots and made three treys. Rivercrest led 16-12 after the opening period, 31-25 at the half and stretched their lead to 52-35 after three quarters of play.
In junior high action, Manila downed Piggott 43-31. Kailen Shelton led the Lady Lions with 15 points while Deven Burrow and Charlie Smith added 12 and 11 points respectively. Haley Hicks tallied three while Bailey Towell added two points. Manila drained nine treys on the night.
Bailey Pollard led Piggott with 16 points.
The Junior Lady Lions fell to Rivercrest 42-41 Monday night. Alexis Graham pumped in 16 points while Samantha Jackson added 10 to lead the Lady Colts to the win.
Deven Burrow and Kailen Shelton led Manila with 13 points apiece while Charlie Smith added nine. Bailey Towell, Haley Hicks and Heather Hollis all added two points apiece to round out the Manila scoring attack. The Lady Lions finished seven of 12 from the foul stripe and nailed eight three pointers.
Manila's senior Lady Lions will close out the regular season on the road, starting Monday night against Riverside at Caraway. Manila will travel to Rector Thursday night.