Two Lady Lions sign at Dyersburg State

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Manila Lady Lions sign to play basketball at Dyersburg State Community College. Pictured are, from left: Manila Coach Mark Manchester; senior Emily Cook and parents, Lisa and Bill Cook; senior Jennifer Burrow and parents, Joel and Jennifer Burrow; Back -- Dyersburg State Community College Coach Rian Puckett.

Two senior Lady Lions, Deven Burrow and Emily Cook, signed a letter of intent on Thursday to play college basketball for Dyersburg (Tenn.) State Community College.

The Manila High School team members were honored with a special signing ceremony in the gymnasium with family and friends.

Burrow and Cook make a total of four team members who have signed to play college basketball so far this year.

Senior members of the Lady Lions basketball team and Coach Mark Manchester were on hand to congratulate Deven Burrow and Emily Cook on their signing.

Manila Coach Mark Manchester expressed his congratulations to the athletes.

"They have worked hard and earned this," Coach Manchester said. "I am proud for them. They are very deserving. I think they will do well at Dyersburg. Coach Puckett has a good reputation and many of his kids go on to four year schools."

Dyersburg Coach Rian Puckett was at Manila to welcome the seniors. Coach Puckett is going into his seventh season as head coach at Dyersburg College.

"We are excited to get both players," Coach Puckett said. "This is the first time I have signed two from the same high school. There will be a lot of opportunities for them."

Cook, Manila's point guard, finished the season with a 14 point game average, along with four assists and two steals. She had an overall field goal percentage of 42 percent and 36 percent average on the 3-point range.

Burrow, a 5'10" forward, averaged 12 points a game, along with three assists and seven rebounds. She had an overall 45 percent on field goals and 33 percent from the 3-point range.

The Manila Lady Lions finished the season winning the Gerald Jennings Tournament, the NEA Tournament, shared the Conference championship and were Conference champions.

Burrow was two-time all-conference selection and named to all-state tournament as a senior.

Cook is a two-time all state selection, and three-time all conference selection.

"The girls worked hard," Coach Manchester said. "We missed 10 days because of weather but these seniors did not miss a day of practice. They found a way to get to the gym. I am pleased they will have the opportunity to play college basketball.

Burrow said she is excited to be continuing her career in basketball. She said she chose Dyersburg because it seems like a good school and it is close to home.

Cook said she is happy to be signing with her teammate.

"We have played a lot of games together," she said.

Like Burrow, Cook said she is happy to be going to college close to home and family.

"I am ready to further my career in basketball and education," Cook said.

A reception was held following the signing.

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