Late Trumann rally spoils Lady Lion upset bid
Trumann put together a furious fourth quarter rally to post a 57-51 victory over Manila Monday night at Trumann.
The Lady Lions held a 17-10 lead after the first quarter behind the scoring of Brailey Hampton and Madison Bibbs. Manila upped its advantage to as many as 10 points in the second period, and after back to back three pointers from Andi Baker, the Lady Lions took a 30-21 lead into the dressing room at intermission.
Trumann battled back in the third quarter after Olivia Greenwell’s three consecutive treys pulled the Lady Wildcats to within 42-41 entering the final frame.
Trumann opened the fourth quarter, getting five straight points from Daly Taylor, including a three-point play, to give the Lady Wildcats a 46-44 edge with 5:37 left in the game. Mycha Wilson followed with a three-point play of her own to stretch the Trumann lead to 49-44 at the 4:58 mark. The Lady Wildcats maintained their lead throughout the rest of the game and finished the night by connecting on four straight free throws to preserve the victory.
Tay Smith led four Lady Wildcats in double figures with 13 points. Greenwell scored 12, Wilson had 11 while Kayla Spence chipped in 10. Trumann dropped in 11-15 foul shots and nailed six three pointers.
Hampton paced the Lady Lions with 15 points. Bibbs scored nine, Sydney Adcock and Meg Gifford tallied seven points apiece while Baker and Jill Helton contributed six points each. Presley Pierce added one point to round out the Manila scoring attack. The Lady Lions connected on 9-15 free throws and drilled six three pointers.
Both teams struggled with turnovers, with Manila committing 24 while Trumann had 23.
In junior high action, Trumann beat Manila 50-29. Anna Grace Adams led the Lady Lions with five points, Sadie Massey, Madison Hitchcock, Olivia May, Kara Watts and Sadie McDonald all tallied four points apiece while Ashten Wallace and Macy Darby added two points each.
The Lady Lions downed Rector 43-25 Tuesday night on the road. Gifford topped Manila with 12 points while Hampton had 11. Adcock scored eight, Helton tallied four while Kaitlyn Adams, Mikayla Massey and Jasmine Lozano all chipped in two points apiece. Pierce and Micah Beach added one point each.
In junior high play, Adams scored 12 points to lead Manila over Rector, 27-25. Wallace, Hitchcock and Watts all scored four points apiece. Massey netted two while McDonald chipped in one point for the Lady Lions.
Manila played host to Rivercrest Thursday night at Lion Gym, and dropped a 53-40 decision to the Lady Colts. Manila edged ahead 16-14 after the first period but Rivercrest came back to grab a 24-22 lead at the half. The Lady Colts took a 43-34 advantage into the final frame.
Gifford led Manila with 18 points while Hampton added 11. Bibbs scored five, Adcock had four while Pierce chipped in two points.
Zoe Warhurst scored a game high 19 points to top Rivercrest. Ty Coleman netted 11 while Sydney Lane pitched in 10 points.
In the junior high contest, the Lady Lions prevailed 38-32. Hitchcock scored 13 while Wallace had 10. May tallied six, Massey netted three while Darby, McDonald and Madison Carruth all chipped in two points apiece.
The Lady Lions return to the hardcourt Monday morning at 10:30 in the first round of the NEA Tournament in Jonesboro. Manila will face Cave City.