Lady Mavericks finish second in North State Tournament

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Manchester Academy Lady Mavericks placed 2nd in the MAIS AA North State Basketball Tournament last week hosted by Marshall Academy in Holly Springs.

Game 1

The Manchester girls began the tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 12, going up against Winona Christian School. Lacy Mavericks Coach Emily Poe said that the girls came out of the gate ready to play in their first round of the North State tournament.

"I think we were up at the half by 25," she said. "We won the game with a score of 57-36."

Coach Poe said that the leading scorers in Game 1 were Lanie Potter with 17 points, Ivy Sowell with 12, Gracie Jones with 11, Anna Kate Griffin with six, Mikayla Williams with three, Madison Meeks with two.

Winning Game 1, the Lady Mavericks advanced the semi-finals of the North State Tournament.

Game 2

The Manchester girls went up against rival school Tri-County Academy on Friday, Feb. 15, in the second round of the North State Tournament.

Coach Poe said that the girls won that match-up as well with a score of 42-30.

"The leading scorers in that game were Lanie potter with 17 points, Gracie Jones with 11," she said. "Ivy Sowell and Mikayla Williams both had five points each, and Anna Kate Griffin had two."

The second round win sent the Lady Mavericks to the final round of the North State Tournament.

Game 3

The Lady Mavericks advanced to the North State Championship game on Saturday, Feb. 16, against Central Holmes Christian School, falling to the Lady Trojans 49-56.

"We didn't play very well and ended up losing by seven points," Coach Poe said. "We just ran out of steam at the end."

In this game, Lanie Potter had 21 points, Gracie Jones had 12, Ivy Sowell had six, Lizzy Carpenter had five, Mikayla Williams had three, and Anna Kate Griffin had two.

With this loss, the Lady Mavericks won the 2nd Place trophy as the runners-up in the North State Tournament.

Lanie Potter, Gracie Jones and Mikayla Williams were named to the North State All-Tournament Team.

"It was a major accomplishment," Coach Poe said. "Last year we got third in the North, this year we got second, so it's definitely a step forward from last year."

Moving forward, the Lady Mavericks qualify to enter into the first round of the MAIS AA State Tournament held this week at Benton Academy.  The Manchester girls were scheduled to play Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. against Clinton Christian Academy. 

Those games were not completed by press time.