Lady Lions close out Conference slate with 69-27 win over Piggott

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Manila's Shae Kulin (3) fights Piggott's Colby Crossfield (2) for a loose ball in first round action of the 3A-3 junior high district tournament Saturday morning at Corning.

Shelby Wallace pumped in a game high 21 points to lead the 3A-3 conference champion Lady Lions to a convincing 69-27 victory over Piggott Thursday night at Manila.

The Lady Lions bolted to a 25-14 lead after the first period and held a commanding 44-17 halftime advantage. Manila took a whopping 62-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

Manila (19-3, 13-1 3A-3) also got double digit performances from Kirsten Adcock and Emily Cook who scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Devin Burrow netted eight, Charlie Smith tallied seven, Taylor Teague had six while Kristen Wise chipped in five points to round out the Lady Lion attack. Manila connected on 13-17 free throws and drained eight three pointers on the night.

Freshman Lauren Woody (14) scores two of her seven points against Piggott in junior district tournament action at Corning.

Mallory Wright led the Lady Mohawks with 10 points.

Manila began the week with a road trip to Rivercrest, but despite drilling 12 treys the Lady Lions suffered their first conference loss of the year, falling to the Lady Colts 79-69 in 3A-3 conference play.

The two teams battled to a 20-20 tie after the first quarter before Manila pulled ahead to take a slim 35-32 edge into the dressing room at intermission. Rivercrest fought back in the third period to grab a 55-47 lead heading into the final frame.

Damonique Brown scorched the nets for 28 points to lead Rivercrest, while teammates Tennia Smith and Taylor Harris poured in 24 and 21 points respectively. The Lady Colts hit 16-28 foul shots and made three treys.

Shelby Wallace pumped in 22 points to pace the Lady Lions offensively. Kirsten Adcock drained four treys on her way to a 14 point performance while Emily Cook finished with 12. Devin Burrow scored nine, Taylor Teague contributed eight while Kristen Wise and Charlie Smith chipped in two points each. Manila hit just seven of 18 free throws on the night.

In junior high action, Piggott gave the Lady Lions a quick exit from the 3A-3 district tournament at Corning, upending Manila 28-23 in a hard fought first round battle.

The Lady Mohawks jumped to a quick 10-2 lead before Manila fought back to take a 15-14 edge. The two teams fought on even terms throughout the third quarter before Shae Kulin's three pointer with just under five minutes left in the game gave the Lady Lions a 21-17 lead. But Piggott outscored Manila 11-2 the rest of the way to advance to the quarterfinals.

Devyn Staples led Piggott with nine points while Colby Crossfield added eight. The Lady Mohawks connected on 14 of 23 free throw attempts, including four key charity tosses by Crossfield in the final 2:00 of play.

Taylor Harmon led the Lady Lions with eight points, Lauren Woody scored seven, Kulin had six while Hannah McQueen chipped in two. Manila hit five of 10 foul shots and drained a pair of three pointers.

Manila's senior girls will return to the hard court Monday night when they play host to Riverside. The Lady Lions will close out the regular season against Buffalo Island Central Thursday night at home.

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