Lady Lions reach district finals
Manila used a strong second quarter and went on to post a 51-44 victory over Hoxie to advance to the finals of the 3A-3 District Tournament Friday night at Corning.
The Lady Lions dropped behind 11-8 after the opening period but outscored the Lady Mustangs 21-13 in the second quarter to take a 29-24 lead into intermission. Hoxie fought back in the third period and finally pulled even on a pair of free throws by Maddison Woodard with 1:40 left. Emily Cook's driving lay-up at the 1:27 mark put Manila back on top for good, 37-35. After a free throw by Hoxie's Cayley Rosson, Kristen Wise drove the lane for a bucket to give Manila a 39-36 edge entering the final frame.
Wise began the fourth period with her second straight lay-in, but Hoxie's Courtney Sears drained a three pointer to cut the Lion lead to 41-39. Deven Burrow answered with a trey of her own at the 6:18 mark, pushing the Lady Lion lead to five, but Hoxie came back when Autumn Nelson drained another trey to cut the Lion lead to 46-44 with 4:26 left in the game.
The lead remained at two until Kailen Shelton put in a big offensive stick-back at the 1:46 mark, giving Manila a 48-44 advantage. Emily Cook came up with a critical steal with 50 seconds remaining and was fouled. Cook calmly sank both ends of the one and one to seal the victory for Manila.
Cook led the Lady Lions with 12 points while Shelton pitched in 10. Four Manila players scored six points apiece, including Wise, Burrow, Kirsten Adcock and Taylor Teague. Shelby Wallace added five points. Manila finished 13-28 from the foul line and hit three treys.
Rosson led Hoxie with 24 points while Nelson and Woodard chipped in nine points apiece. Hoxie finished seven of 12 from the foul line and hit five three pointers.
Manila advanced to the semifinals with a 62-42 victory over Harrisburg Thursday night. Manila led 20-6 after the first period, 36-25 at the half and 47-29 after three periods of play.
Shelby Wallace pumped in a game high 24 points to lead Manila while Deven Burrow added 13 more. Kirsten Adcock scored nine, Emily Cook and Kailen Shelton tallied five points each while Taylor Teague and Kristen Wise pitched in three points apiece. Manila connected on 16-22 foul shots and drained 10 treys.
Nicki Pierce led Harrisburg with 23 points. The Lady Hornets hit five of 10 foul shots and made three treys.
The Lady Lions will open regional tournament play Thursday afternoon against host Flippin at 4:00.