Fourth quarter Lady Lion rally falls short in NEA Tourney
Harrisburg built a 19 point lead after three quarters before staving off a furious fourth quarter rally by Manila to hang on for a 58-49 victory over the Lady Lions Friday afternoon in the first round of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament in Jonesboro.
The Lady Hornets took what seemed to be a safe 44-25 advantage into the final quarter of play, but watched the Lady Lions chop away at the lead, outscoring Harrisburg 23-9 to pull to within six points at the 2:20 mark. Manila got back in the contest by sinking eight consecutive free throws, wrapped around three triples, two by Taylor Harmon and a third from Hannah Teague. Jordyn Wheeler chipped in eight points during Manila's fourth quarter comeback attempt.
After Lauren Woody's bucket pulled Manila to within 54-48, the Lady Lions went scoreless the rest of the way, as Harrisburg controlled the boards while running out the clock.
Harrisburg jumped to a 10-1 lead to begin the game, aided by consecutive triples, one each by Keely Curtis and Emily Armstrong. But the Lady Lions battled back, scoring seven straight points, highlighted by a Harmon three to slice the Harrisburg lead to two. Jessica Webb's offensive stick-back just before the first period horn blew left the Lady Hornets with a 12-8 lead.
Manila stormed out of the gate in the second quarter behind Harmon, who drained a three pointer before following up with a slashing drive to the basket for another two points. Teague sank a pair of free throws at the 5:57 mark, giving the Lady Lions their one and only lead of the game, 15-14. Harrisburg came right back to regain the advantage when Edwards knifed through the lane for a bucket.
Peyton Craft and Meghan Scott drilled back to back three pointers, helping Harrisburg stretch their lead to 26-18 lead with 2:00 left before intermission. Buckets by Tessa Pannells and Hannah McQueen shaved the Lady Hornet lead to 27-22, but an offensive put back by Webb with three seconds to go gave Harrisburg a 29-22 lead at halftime.
Harrisburg outscored the Lady Lions 15-3 in the third quarter with Manila's only points coming off a Harmon three pointer.
Harrisburg placed three players in double figures, led by Webb who finished with 15. Armstrong scored 12 while Edwards tallied 11.
Harmon topped the Lady Lions with a game high 21 points. Wheeler scored eight, Woody tallied six while Teague and McQueen chipped in five points apiece. Pannells added four points.