Lady Lions gain Gerald Jennings championship over Valley View
It took an extra week to complete the weather delayed Gerald Jennings Tournament, so it was only natural that the tournament championship game would go overtime as well. In the end, Manila's Lady Lions outlasted Valley View 71-68 in a rematch of last year's final.
Manila gained revenge on the Lady Blazers, who captured last season's title. Emily Cook blistered the nets, scoring a game high 33 points, while Kirsten Adcock pitched in 10 more to help propel the Lady Lions in the championship game.
Ashleigh Guthrie led the Lady Blazers with 26 points.
Valley View took an 11-6 lead after the opening quarter and held a 30-26 advantage at intermission. The Lady Lions rallied in the third period to take a 44-43 lead. The two teams ended regulation tied at 59-59 before Manila outscored Valley View 12-9 in the overtime period.
Manila began the week with a 74-64 loss at Rivercrest. The two teams were whistled for a combined 66 total fouls in the game, with Rivercrest shooting 49 free throws. Ten players from the two teams fouled out during the contest.
The Lady Colts led 18-7 after the first quarter, 33-30 at the half and 54-39 after three periods of play.
Taylor Harris led Rivercrest with 23 points, Dominque Brown scored 19 while Krystan Bornes hit a double-double with 17 points and 14 boards.
Kailen Shelton paced Manila with 15 points while Deven Burrow added 13.
Manila defeated Piggott 68-26 Thursday night at home. Burrow nailed four three pointers to finish with a game high 21 points for the Lady Lions. Emily Cook had 16 points and six assists, Adcock had 13 while Shelton added 10.
Manila took the junior high contest 32-19.
The Lady Lions will begin NEA Tournament play as the number one seed Thursday, Dec. 26, with a noon tipoff against Riverside.
Manila's boys improved to 7-2 and 3-0 in 3A-3 conference play with a 60-53 win over Earle Tuesday night. Zac Riley led the Lions with 21 points. Caleb Reinhart had 15 while Scott Eubanks and Thomas Davis pitched in 12 points apiece.
The Lions held a slim 19-18 edge after the first quarter and took a 30-29 lead into the dressing room at the half. Earle tied the game 45-45 entering the fourth period before Manila pulled away to gain the win.
Earle defeated Manila 65-55 in junior high action.
The Lions will return to action Saturday, Dec. 21, in the NEA Invitational Tournament at Arkansas State University against Marmaduke. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.