Junior Lady Lions fall in district finals to Corning

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Junior high district tournament recap

Manila Jr. Lady Lions runner-up in District Tournament.

Manila Junior Lady Lions advanced to the finals of the 3A-3 District Tournament Saturday night at Corning, but fell to the host Lady Bobcats 39-25.

Corning, who went through the conference slate undefeated, kept their unbeaten record against league foes intact with Saturday night's win. Manila began the game with a 4-1 lead, but the Lady Bobcats scored the next seven points to take an 8-4 edge after the opening break.

Manila fell behind 14-4 but battled back when Brailey Hampton buried back to back three pointers to cut the Corning advantage to 14-10. But a pair of turnovers led to consecutive Lady Bobcat buckets, allowing Corning to take an 18-11 advantage at intermission. The Lady Bobcats stretched their lead to 26-17 after three quarters and pulled away in the final frame to claim the district title.

Lady Lion Meg Gifford fires a shot during the finals of the 3A-3 Junior High Tournament Saturday night at Corning. The host Lady Bobcats defeated Manila 39-25.

"I am very, very proud of our girls for making it to the finals," said Lady Lion Head Coach Sammi Fowler. "They have really worked hard the last few weeks and finished strong. Corning is a very good team. They had us outsized and they are very quick. But our girls never quit and I'm so proud of them for that."

Katie Clifton led a balanced Corning scoring attack with nine points. Hampton led the Lady Lions with a game high 10 points. Meg Gifford scored five, Hannah May had three while Sydney Adcock, Madison Bibbs and Taylor Stroud chipped in two points apiece. Anna Grace Adams added one point.

The Lady Lions opened the tournament with a 40-13 shellacking over Piggott. Hampton topped Manila with 12 points, Gifford scored eight, Adcock and Annabeth Baugher tallied six points apiece. Bibbs netted three while Micah Beach and Grace Wilkins pitched in two points each. Adams added one point for the Lady Lions.

BIC's Noah Teeter skies over Riverside's Hunter Swaim during 2A-3 Junior High District Tournament action Monday at East Poinsett County. The Mustangs defeated the Rebels 39-34.

Manila defeated Rivercrest 37-26 in Wednesday night's semifinals. Hampton pumped in 13 points to lead the Lady Lions. Baugher scored nine, Gifford had six, Vivian Pryor contributed four, Adcock tallied three while Bibbs added two points.

Manila's junior boys were upset in semifinal play, falling 51-46 to Rivercrest. The Lions trailed by 13 entering the fourth period, but pulled to within two points with 36 seconds left in the game before the Colts escaped with the victory. Demilan Brown led the Colts with 22 points while Brock Birmingham paced Manila with 22, including 15 in the fourth quarter.

"We had a great season," said Lion Coach John Deaton. "We finished 19-4 and 8-2 in the conference. It was a disappointing end, but overall we had a really great year."

In 2A-3 junior district play, BIC slipped past Riverside 39-34 Monday night at Lepanto. Taylor Gipson poured in a game high 16 points, including five three pointers to lead the Mustangs. Noah Teeter and Kaleb Dublin chipped in eight points apiece, Blaine Wildy tallied four while Miguel Cordero chipped in three points.

Demo Bowers and Latrell Brown led the Rebels with 11 and 10 points respectively. Steven Stroud and Hunter Swaim tallied five points apiece while Ryan Austin added three. The Rebels finished the season with a 14-12 mark.

BIC fell in the semifinals to conference champion Earle, 67-11.

The Lady Mustangs lost to host East Poinsett County 35-31 in first round action.

Riverside's Lady Rebels pounded Rector 52-23 in first round play. Nine Riverside players got in the scoring column, led by Lotti Hoffman's 11 points. Marmaduke ended the Lady Rebel's season in the semifinals with a 41-36 win. Riverside, who finished the season with a 25-9 record, was led by Grace Anne Puckett's 14 points while Hoffman added 12 points.

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