Lady Lions stay undefeated with victory over Gosnell
Manila broke open a close game, outscoring Gosnell 26-11 in the second quarter, and went on to post a 74-49 victory in senior girls basketball action Monday night at Manila.
The 5-0 Lady Lions held a slim 11-9 edge after the first period but began the second quarter with a 13-4 run. Kailen Shelton, who led Manila with 24 points and nine rebounds, scored the first six points of the period to ignite the rally. Devin Burrow came off the bench to score seven points in the quarter while Taylor Teague scored six more to lead Manila to a 17 point halftime lead.
The Lady Lions stretched their lead to 59-33 as Shelton poured in 10 third period points to give Manila a 26 point advantage heading into the final frame.
Joining Shelton in double figures for Manila was Burrow and Teague who scored 11 points apiece. Point guard Emily Cook tallied 10 while senior post Shelby Wallace added nine. Kirsten Adcock scored six while Kristen Wise added three.
Manila finished 24-32 from the foul line and sank four three pointers on the night.
Shanice McClain and Kemahri Soward led the Lady Pirates with 16 points each.
"I thought we played pretty good tonight," said Lady Lion coach Mark Manchester. "We are still trying to get better defensively. That's the key to our team and that's the key to us being as good as we want to be. We are starting to defend the screens better and help out better. We are doing a better job defensively in the post, where other teams aren't able to do what they want to do. This gives us a chance to get our running game going. We have two point guards who can get the ball up the floor in a hurry. We aren't there yet, but we're getting better every night. We have very good balance offensively, and when we share the ball we have a chance to have four or five players in double figures. That is really a key if we want to be good down the stretch. It feels good to get off to a good start, but you're only as good as your last game. The key is to improve and get better, because that's what your opponents will do."
In junior high action, Gosnell defeated Manila 36-24. Krishona Hill led the Lady Pirates with 15 points.
Taylor Harmon led Manila with eight, Shae Kulin scored seven, Kaitynn Boatman tallied four, Jordyn Wheeler netted three while Courtney Scott chipped in two points.
Manila will return to action Monday night when they host Earle in a 3A-3 conference matchup. The Lady Lions will also participate in this week's Gerald Jennings Tournament at Armorel.