Lady Colts stampede Manila 75-46

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rivercrest outscored Manila 31-12 over the final nine minutes, and pulled away for a 75-46 victory in senior girls 3A-3 conference action Thursday night at Lion Gym.

The Lady Lions trailed just 44-34 at the 1:54 mark of the third period, fueled by a 7-0 run, but the Lady Colts answered with a 10-4 spurt of their own to take a 54-38 lead into the final frame.

Lady Lions Taylor Harmon, Courtney Scott, Sara Pentecost and Taylor Teague surround an unidentified Rivercrest Lady Colt in 3A-3 conference basketball action Thursday night at Manila. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

The last quarter belonged to the visiting Lady Colts, who outscored Manila 21-8 to remain unbeaten in conference play, securing their hold on first place in the league standings.

Manila (4-13, 0-5 3A-3) fell behind 9-4 in the opening quarter before putting together an 8-0 run to take a 12-9 lead with 1:15 left before the first break. Courtney Scott began the comeback with an inside bucket, followed by a three pointer from Taylor Harmon, tying the game at 9-9. Senior Lauren Woody converted three free throws over the next minute to push the Lady Lion lead to three. Lady Colt Sydney Lane dropped in a bucket to close the Manila edge to 12-11 entering the second stanza.

Rivercrest began to take control in the second period behind the scoring of Kayla Jarrett, who pitched in eight points. Jarrett's steal and layup at the 24 second mark gave the Lady Colts a 32-18 lead before Harmon sank a pair of free throws to close out the half with Manila trailing 32-20.

Manila's Taylor Stroud drives past a Rivercrest defender during the Junior Lady Lions 34-33 overtime loss to the Lady Colts Thursday night at Lion Gym.

Rivercrest continued to build on its advantage in the third period, led by sophomore Jordan Elder, who drained a pair of three pointers while scoring nine points during the quarter. The Lady Colts led by as many as 19 points midway through the period before Manila rallied to cut the deficit to 10.

The Lady Colts placed four players in double digits, led by Elder who banged home 20 points on the night. Jarrett scored 16 while Darien Wilburn and Sabrina Blagg pitched in 11 points apiece. Rivercrest connected on 21-29 foul shots and nailed two three pointers.

Harmon scored a game high 22 points to top the Lady Lions. Hannah McQueen and Tessa Pannells tallied five points each, Scott netted four, Woody contributed three while Jordyn Wheeler, Sara Penecost and Courtney Merritt chipped in two points apiece. Hannah Teague added one point. Manila sank 11-21 free throws and drilled five three pointers while committing 20 turnovers on the evening.

In junior high action, Rivercrest slipped past Manila 34-33 in overtime. The Lady Colts raced to a 6-0 lead after the first period and held a slim 14-12 edge at the half. Rivecrest took a 26-22 advantage into the fourth quarter before the two teams went into overtime tied 30-all.

Meg Gifford led the Lady Lions with 12 points while Brailey Hampton added 10. Madison Bibbs scored five, Sydney Adcock netted four while Grace Wilkins pitched in two points. Manila made just nine of 23 free throws and hit four three pointers on the night.

Ty Coleman and Amber Blagg led Rivercrest with eight points apiece. The Lady Colts also struggled from the line, hitting only two of 10 charity tosses.

Manila began the week, dropping a 61-39 decision Monday night at Piggott. The Lady Mohawks held leads of 12-8 after the first break, 31-12 at the half and 42-24 after three quarters of play.

Piggott placed four players in double digits, led by Devyn Staples and MaKalia Beck, who scored 16 points apiece. Braelyn Rhodes had 15 while Grayson Murray added 12.

Harmon led the Lady Lions with 13 points. Wheeler scored nine, Teague had six, Pannells tallied four while Woody, McQueen and Jill Helton chipped in two points apiece. Pentecost added one point.

In junior high action, Manila downed Piggott 31-16. Adcock led the Lady Lions with eight points, Gifford scored seven while Bibbs and Hampton added six points apiece. Annabeth Baugher and Hannah May dropped in two points each.

The Lady Lions return to the hard court Monday night with a nonconference game against Ridgefield Christian at Lion Gym. Manila closes the week with a conference matchup Thursday night at home against Hoxie.

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