Lady Blazers spoil Manila's bid for Gerald Jennings title

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ashley Guthrie poured in a game high 33 points to lead Valley View to a 62-54 victory over Manila in the finals of the Gerald Jennings Tournament Saturday night at Armorel, handing the Lady Lions their first loss of the season.

Manila Lady Lions, Gerald Jennings Tournament runner-up.

Valley View led 17-11 after the first quarter and 31-25 at the half behind Guthrie, who scored 16 first half points. The Lady Blazers built their lead to 43-30 on a three point play by Guthrie at the 3:23 mark of the third period before the Lady Lions closed the quarter with a 6-0 run, cutting the deficit to 43-36 entering the final frame.

The fourth quarter was a free throw shooting contest, as the Lady Lions were forced to foul, sending Valley View to the charity stripe 21 times, where the Lady Blazers put the game away.

Manila suffered a major blow in the first quarter when sophomore Kailen Shelton was forced to leave the game with a leg injury. The Lady Lions also lost Devin Burrow and Taylor Teague to fouls in the second half.

Lady Lion Emily Cook is doubled teamed by the Lady Blazers in senior girls basketball action Saturday night at Armorel.

Joining Guthrie in double figures for the Lady Blazers was Darrah Merritt with 13 points. The Lady Blazers finished 23-33 at the foul line and drilled six treys on the night.

Kirsten Adcock pumped in 17 points while Emily Cook added 16 to lead Manila offensively. Burrow scored seven, Shelton netted five, Shelby Wallace scored five points and added nine rebounds, Kristen Wise tallied three while Teague added one.

Manila finished seven for 13 from the foul line and drilled nine three pointers on the night.

Manila advanced to the finals with a 74-56 victory over East Poinsett County in the semifinals. Adcock drained five three pointers while scoring 20 points in leading four Lady Lions in double digits. Shelton poured in 18, Wallace scored 15 while Cook pitched in 14. Wise netted four while Teague added three to round out the Lady Lion scoring. Manila hit 20-25 free throws and drilled eight treys.

Alicia Ross led all scorers with 28 points for the Lady Warriors.

In junior high action, Manila dropped a 45-27 decision to Paragould in the Gerald Jennings Tournament. Syndie Walker led Paragould with 18 while Braxton Burnside added 13 more.

Taylor Harmon led Manila with 11 points. Shae Kulin scored six, Lauren Woody netted four, Hannah Teague had three, Jordyn Wheeler contributed two while Courtney Scott chipped in one point.

Manila began the week with a 68-47 victory over Earle Monday night at Manila. Kirsten Adcock scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Lady Lions improved to 3-0 in conference play. Kailen Shelton added 16 points and six boards while Emily Cook pitched in 15 points.

Manila also took the junior high contest 53-39.

The Lady Lions return to action Monday night when they host Corning in 3A-3 conference play. Manila will journey to Hoxie for another conference tilt Thursday night.

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