On Thursday, January 23, the Manfield Senior High Lady Tigers lost to the Lincoln Lady Wolves. Although there wasn’t an actual full moon outside, the Lady Tigers faced a slew of full moon bad luck scenarios on the court. Miscues and injuries haunted the Lady Tigers from the tip-off as they fell 52-39 to a talented Lincoln team.
The Lady Tigers started out a little rusty but were able to keep the game in check with swift moves and a determined defensive effort. Unfortunately, the basketball couldn’t seem to find its way through the net on many occasions. With a struggling offense, Mansfield relied on its scrappy defense to keep them in the game as the went into the half only down by a manageable 14 points.
After a slow start, the Lady Tigers began hitting most of their shots deep into the 3rd and for most of the 4th quarter. After being down by 22 at one point in the 3rd quarter, Mansfield’s tenacity and will-power created an orra around the team as they worked their way back to an eight-point deficit in the 4th quarter.
Danielle Lillie led the team in scoring with 12 points also bringing in five rebounds. Junior Mikayla Harrison stepped up in a big way when Junior Makayla Strutton went down hard in the 3rd quarter. Harrison ended the night with 11 points while Strutton netted four points along with seven rebounds. Strutton will miss a week or so due to a concussion but will return in pure form in no time.
Chloe Creekmore grabbed four points and four rebounds. Haylee Helms and Brooke Wright scored two points each. Sadie Roberts snagged two points, five steals, and three rebounds. And Amber Elmore secured six rebounds. The Lady Tigers now sit 5-12 in total season play and 1-7 in conference. Next up for Mansfield will be the Waldron Bulldogs on Tuesday, January 28. The Lady Bulldogs currently hold an 8-13 total record and are 2-6 in conference play.