Lady Lions drop heartbreaker in OT to top seeded Marmaduke
Manila took top seeded Marmaduke to the brink, but came up just short in overtime, dropping a heartbreaking 50-49 decision to the Lady Greyhounds, Saturday, Dec. 29, in the semifinals of the NEA Tournament at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
The fourth seeded Lady Lions jumped on Marmaduke early, building a 13-6 lead after the opening quarter, capped off by Devin Burrow's three point bomb. Kristen Wise popped a 15-footer to begin the second period before Marmaduke turned up the heat and ran off a 9-0 run, punctuated by Whitley Boggs' trey with 5:29 left in the half, tying the game 15-15. Shelby Wallace scored on back to back drives to the basket to give Manila a momentary lead, but Boggs' three pointer at the 3:17 mark gave the Lady Greyhounds a 20-19 advantage. Wise answered for the Lady Lions to put Manila up 21-20, but Marmaduke's Callie Price converted a conventional three point play with 1:30 left before half to give the Lady Greyhounds a slim 23-21 edge at intermission.
Burrow began the second half with a five-foot runner before Wallace ripped a three pointer, giving the Lady Lions a 26-23 lead with 5:48 left in the third period. Marmaduke came right back when Jessica Lee scored from the inside, followed by Boggs' long three, giving the Lady 'Hounds a 28-26 advantage. Marmaduke closed the quarter leading 36-30 heading into the final period of play.
Marmaduke grabbed its biggest lead of the game, 40-35, with 3:23 left, and stretched its advantage to six on a pair of Boggs free throws at the 1:42 mark. But the Lady Lions battled back, scoring the last six points in regulation, all from the free throw line, tying the game 42-42 to send the game to overtime. Manila was able to reach the extra period thanks to a seven for eight performance from the foul stripe down the stretch, including the game tying foul shots by Emily Cook with 54 seconds left. Cook scored eight of Manila's 12 fourth quarter points to help fuel the Lady Lion comeback.
Overtime began well for Manila as Cook sank of pair of charity tosses before Marmaduke's Lee tied the game on a lay-in with 2:52 left. Cook scored on a driving bucket with 2:31 to go to give Manila its last lead of the game, 46-44. Marmaduke took the lead for good after Price connected on three of four free throws, the last two giving the Lady 'Hounds a 47-46 edge with 1:33 left in overtime. Sidnee Bopp connected on a pair of foul shots with 25 seconds left to push Marmaduke's lead to three, 49-46.
Manila's Wise misfired on a three pointer with seven seconds to go, and the Lady Lions immediately fouled Bopp, who sank one of two foul shots to give Marmaduke an insurmountable 50-46 lead at the six second mark. Burrow's three pointer at the buzzer set the final score.
"We tried to get on their outside shooters tonight, and when you do that, it sometimes opens up the inside game," said Manila coach Mark Manchester. "Price came off the bench and did a good job for them. We didn't do a good enough job in fronting her tonight. That sometimes happens in tournament play when you don't have as much time to prepare for an opponent. But give Marmaduke credit. They did an excellent job of getting her the ball. We played really hard. I am really proud of our kids. Marmaduke just made one more play at the end than we did. That's the best way to describe it."
Callie Price gave Marmaduke a big boost off the bench, scoring 15 points. Whitley Boggs also pumped in 15 for the Lady Greyhounds. Jessica Lee added 11. Marmaduke finished 15-27 from the foul line and hit three treys. The Lady Greyhounds finished with 16 turnovers.
Cook led Manila with 15 points, Wallace scored 13 while Burrow had 10. Taylor Teague tallied five, Wise had four while Kirsten Adcock tallied two. Manila hit 13-17 foul shots and made four three pointers. The Lady Lions committed 17 turnovers.
Manila advanced to the semifinals with a 49-37 victory over Cedar Ridge. Emily Cook led the Lady Lions with 13 points while Kirsten Adcock chipped in 12. Shelby Wallace scored eight, Devin Burrow and Taylor Teague contributed seven points apiece while Kristen Wise chipped in two. Manila hit just nine of 19 foul shots but drilled six three pointers.
Haley Hix led the Lady Timberwolves with 13 points. Cedar Ridge connected on eight of 14 foul shots but was limited to one three pointer.
The two teams battled to an 8-8 tie after the opening period of play before Cedar Ridge took a 22-20 edge into the dressing room at the half. Manila fought back to take a slim 33-32 lead into the final frame. The Lady Lions began the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run and went on to outscore the Timberwolves 16-5 to pull away for the 12 point victory.
Lady Lions Emily Cook and Kirsten Adcock were named to the NEA Tournament team.