Lady Lions punch ticket to Class 3A State Tournament
Manila claimed their second consecutive Class 3A State Tournament bid, defeating Flippin 51-41 Wednesday night in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament at Mountain View.
The Lady Lions trailed 16-12 after the first quarter, but turned up the defense, holding the Lady Bobcats to just eight total points in the second and third quarters combined. The turnaround helped Manila take a 24-19 halftime advantage before increasing their lead to 36-24 heading into the final period.
Kirsten Adcock opened the regional for Manila with a long three pointer, followed by a pair of Emily Cook free throws, giving the Lady Lions a 5-0 lead out of the gate. But Kaylee Wood caught fire and scored 11 first quarter points for the Lady Bobcats to give Flippin a four point advantage at the break.
Wood began the second stanza with her second three pointer of the game to push the Flippin lead to seven, but that would be the last points of the quarter for the Lady Bobcats. Manila roared back, going on a 12-0 run to take a five point advantage into the dressing room at intermission. Cook began the Lady Lion rally with a free throw, followed by a Deven Burrow three point play. Kailen Shelton drove the lane for two more before Taylor Harmon's lay-up with 47 seconds left in the half gave Manila the lead back, 20-19. Burrow sank a seven-foot floater while Harmon added a pair of charity tosses to round out the Lady Lion run.
Flippin's offensive struggles continued in the third quarter, as the Lady Bobcats were held to just two field goals, a three pointer by Jessica Pace and a Meagan Loucks two-point bucket. Manila got two more long range bombs from Adcock and stretched their lead to 12 points at the close of the third period.
The Lady Lions continued to build on their lead in the fourth quarter behind the scoring of Cook and Shelton, increasing their advantage to 50-34 at the 1:08 mark before settling on the 10 point victory.
"We are thrilled to be back in the state tournament again this year," said Manila Coach Mark Manchester. "All you can ask for is a chance, and we have that. I think it's a great accomplishment for our kids and we are looking forward to the challenge. The thing about the state tournament is that there are 16 teams left and they are all very good."
Cook led Manila with 16 points while Shelton followed with 14. Adcock finished with nine, Burrow scored five, Harmon tallied four while Taylor Teague chipped in three points. The Lady Lions connected on 17-24 free throws and drilled four three pointers, including three by Adcock.
Wood scored a game high 23 points for Flippin, but was the only Lady Bobcat in double digits.