Lady Lions roar past Riverside 68-36 in NEA quarterfinals

Monday, December 30, 2013

Manila jumped on Riverside early behind Lady Lion point guard Emily Cook's big first quarter and coasted to a 68-36 victory over the Lady Rebels in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Basketball Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Cook scored 10 of her game high 21 points in the opening stanza to propel Manila to a 26-8 lead after the first break.

Lady Rebel Chelsea Nichols canned a pair of three pointers to give Riverside life in the second period, but a three pointer by Manila's Deven Burrow and a driving lay-in by Taylor Teague stretched the Lady Lion lead to 37-16. Skylar Kauke finished off the half, scoring four unanswered points for Riverside to slice the Lady Lion lead to 17 at intermission.

Manila put more distance between themselves and Riverside in the third quarter, opening up a 27 point bulge, 54-27, before settling on a 56-33 lead after three periods of play.

Manila increased its advantage to 32 points in the final frame, holding the Lady Rebels to just one basket, a three pointer by Kenzley Wilson.

Three other Lady Lions joined Cook in double figures. Kailen Shelton scored 14, Kirsten Adcock netted 11 while Burrow chipped in 10 points. Teague just missed double digits scoring eight while Charlie Smith and Taylor Harmon added two points apiece.

Wilson led Riverside with 18 points while Nichols scored nine. Kauke had four, Ashlyn Snyder chipped in three and Anna Brickell added two points to round out the Lady Rebel offensive output.

Manila advances to Saturday's semifinals where they will face Valley View. The two teams met earlier in the season in the finals of the Gerald Jennings Tournament with the Lady Lions winning an overtime thriller.

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