Cold shooting second half dooms Lady Lions in loss at Hoxie; Manila senior boys celebrate homecoming with victory over Hoxie
Hoxie held Manila to just 10 second half points, rallying in the second half to claim a come from behind 52- 41 victory over the Lady Lions Thursday night at Hoxie.
Manila, who defeated the Lady Mustangs earlier in the year, looked to be headed to another win over Hoxie when they took a 23-13 lead late in the first period. Three consecutive treys, two by Taylor Harmon and one from Courtney Scott, helped the Lady Lions to a 10-point bulge.
The momentum swung in Hoxie's favor at the close of the opening quarter when Krista VanKirk was fouled while attempting a desperation three pointer just as the horn sounded. VanKirk went to the line and sank all three free throw attempts to close the Hoxie deficit to 23-16 after the first break.
The Lady Mustangs took advantage of their good fortune, outscoring Manila 11-4 to tie things up at 27-all with 3:21 left before half. Manila managed to halt Hoxie's surge, getting buckets from Hannah McQueen and Harmon, to take a 31-27 advantage into the dressing room at the half.
McQueen scored on an eight foot runner to begin the second half, but that would be Manila's only field goal of the third quarter as Hoxie outscored the Lady Lions 10-4 to take a 37-34 advantage into the final frame. Devyn Pollard scored six points, including the go ahead three pointer with 37 seconds left in the period, to put the Lady Mustangs on top to stay.
Becca Kapp began the fourth quarter with a triple to stretch Hoxie's lead to 40-34. Baskets by Kelsey Moody and Katelyn Fitzgerald increased Hoxie's lead to 10 points, 44-34, at the 3:36 mark. Manila could get no closer than seven points the rest of the night.
Harmon led the Lady Lions with a game high 21 points while Lauren Woody scored nine. McQueen had six, Scott tallied three while Hannah Teague and Tessa Pannells chipped in one point apiece. Manila finished with four three pointers on the night, but shot a miserable 7-23 from the foul stripe.
Hoxie, playing with just six players, won for just the second time all year. The Lady Mustangs got 16 points from Vankirk and 13 from Pollard. Hoxie connected on 14-23 free throws and drained four treys.
"It was a really frustrating game for us tonight," said Lion Coach Mark Manchester. "We've got to stay positive, keep working hard and find ways to break out of this funk that we are in. I've got to do a better job of coaching these kids in ways that give them better chances to have success. It starts with me and ends with me. We are going to have to keep working and keep trying and hope that we can get better. These girls are good kids and good players and we've got to find a way to get the best out of them. I still believe we can do it."
In junior high action, Manila fell to Hoxie 31-19. Sydney Gillham led the Lady Mustangs with 15 points. Hoxie's 15-17 performance from the foul line sparked their win.
Jordan Tyler topped Manila with 14 points. Andi Baker scored three while Meg Gifford chipped in two.
Manila began the week dropping a 43-29 decision to Piggott Monday night at home. Devyn Staples led the Lady Mohawks with 14 points. Piggott had a strong night at the foul stripe, going 17-23, while drilling four three pointers on the evening.
Lauren Woody paced Manila with 10 points. Taylor Harmon and Jordyn Wheeler scored six points apiece. Hannah McQueen tallied three while Sarah Pentecost and Tessa Pannells chipped in two points each.
In junior high action, Andi Baker buried five three pointers and scored a game high 15 points to lead Manila over Piggott 41-25. Jordan Tyler also hit double digits, scoring 10 points. Courtney Merritt and Jalyn Cates tallied five points apiece. Meg Gifford netted four while Madison Bibbs added two points.
The Lady Lions return to the hard court Monday night playing host to Corning in a 3A-3 conference matchup. Manila hosts Osceola in another conference tilt Thursday night.
Lions vs. Hoxie
Manila senior boys celebrated homecoming with a convincing 60-34 victory over Hoxie Friday night in the Lion's Den. Seniors Caleb Reinhart and Thomas Davis drilled four treys each while scoring 16 and 14 points respectively to lead the Lion attack. Sophomore Matthew May added a double-double, scoring 12 points while handing out 10 assists.
Tristan Sisco scored a game high 21 points to lead the Mustangs, while Noah Adamson pitched in 11 more.
Manila took a 14-8 lead after the opening period and built their advantage to 29-18 by halftime. The Lions outscored the Mustangs 15-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding 44-26 lead into the final frame.
In junior high action, Logan Hamilton poured in 18 points as Manila downed Hoxie 41-29.
Manila (10-8, 4-2 3A-3) will return to 3A-3 conference action with a pair of road trips this week. The Lions will journey to Corning Tuesday night before making a Friday night visit to Osceola.