Top seeded Nettleton ousts Lady Lions in Gerald Jennings action
Manila boys sweet pair of nonconference contests
Nettleton parlayed its superior height advantage into a runaway 54-34 victory over Manila, eliminating the Lady Lions in Friday night's semifinals of the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament at Lion Gym.
The Lady Raiders bolted to a 14-6 lead after the opening period. Nettleton increased its advantage to double digits, holding a 27-15 lead at intermission. The top-seeded Lady Raiders put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Manila 18-7 to take a commanding 45-22 lead into the fourth period.
Dasia Young paced Nettleton with 11 points while Katerra Sharp added nine. Taylor Harmon topped Manila with 11 points while Hannah Teague chipped in nine. Lauren Woody and Jordan Wheeler pitched in five points apiece while Hannah McQueen and Jill Helton added two points each.
Manila won their tournament opener, posting 41-32 victory over Gosnell. Harmon scored a game high 14 points to power the Lady Lions while Woody also hit double digits, scoring 11. Lauren Rodgers led the Lady Pirates with 10 points.
East Poinsett County slipped past the junior Lady Lions 25-21 behind the 15 point performance of Bre Ward. Meg Gifford led Manila with eight while Brailey Hampton added six. Sydney Adcock scored three while Madison Bibbs and Anna Beth Baugher added two points apiece.
The Lady Lions return to the hard court Monday night with a home game against Kennett. Manila will close the week hosting Buffalo Island Central Thursday night.
Manila's boys swept a pair of non-conference games, defeating Crowley's Ridge Academy 64-49 Tuesday night at Paragould before downing Ridgefield Christian 56-29 Friday night in Jonesboro.
Bradey Woodall pumped in 26 points in Manila's win over the Falcons. Joel Burrow chipped in 12 for the Lions, who held a 22-16 lead after the opening period before taking a 37-27 advantage into the dressing room at the half. Manila put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring CRA 28-7 to grab a 65-34 lead heading into the final frame.
Landon Brinkley led the winless Falcons (0-9) with 15 points while Dalton Smith added 13.
Manila claimed the Senior B contest 59-52 as well the junior boys game 44-11.
Woodall led three Lion players in double figures, scoring 16 points in Manila's win over Ridgefield Christian. Matthew May added 14 while Jake Helton contributed 11.
Manila took the junior high matchup 49-42. Abraham Lopez paced the Lions with 19 points.
Manila returns to action Monday night with a first round game in the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament against Armorel at Lake City. The Lions will host Harrisburg Tuesday night in nonconference action.