GEORGETOWN – Georgetown kept it close for a while, but Manning proved to be too much for the Lady Bulldogs in the end.

The Georgetown varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Manning 49-32 at home on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

“I think lack of experience kicked in tonight,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Tony Ford said. “We went in the game thinking Manning was better than us from the start. I tried to get them out of that. And when they saw in the first quarter they could play with them, they relaxed a little.”

Ford was happy with his team’s defensive effort, but he knows his offense can do better.

“The press was working pretty good on them,” he said. “I went man-to-man on their two guards and after that they couldn’t do nothing with it. We just couldn’t hit any shots tonight; we had about six or seven wide open shots and we probably hit one. That determined the game. They’re making shots and we’re not making shots. That’s what happened tonight, but pound for pound, we were right there.”

The loss dropped Georgetown to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in Region VII-3A play.

Ford knows how important of a game this was and how important their next game with the Lady Monarchs on the road will be.

“I told them (my team) that this would decide the second seed (in the region) because I’m thinking it’s going to be Bishop England (in first), Georgetown (in second or third) and Manning (in second or third),” he said.

Manning is now 11-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

Senior guard Keimorie Smith led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points, sophomore guard/forward Jahnya Winns had five and eighth grade forward/center Jerchel Geathers-Washington added four.

“As each game goes, I do see a little bit of improvement,” Ford said. “The guards have played together for two years, but the three, the four and the five (positions), they still haven’t gelled in the way I want them to gel yet. But I think as the season goes on, we’ll get better.”

For the Lady Monarchs, senior power forward/center Myisha Smiling and freshman guard La’tavius Wilson both scored 12 points. Senior forward/center Measha Jones had 10 and junior power forward/center Star Logan added six.

Georgetown led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Manning opened up the second quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 14-9 lead with 2:58 to go before the half, but the Lady Bulldogs closed the half on a 6-2 run that included four Smith free throws and a layup from senior forward Norvajha Petifere to cut the Manning lead to 16-15.

Logan hit a layup to give Manning an 18-15 lead a minute into the third, but Smith retaliated with a layup of her own to cut the lead to 18-17 with 6:44 to go in the quarter.

Jones hit a layup for the Lady Monarchs to put them ahead 20-17 with 5:53 to go in the quarter, but a jumper from Smith and free throw from Lady Bulldogs senior guard Leyiah Blunt knotted the game up at 20 apiece with 4:50 to in the quarter.

And then Manning took the game over.

The Lady Monarchs ended the quarter on a 6-0 run with layups from Smiling and Logan and a long jumper from junior shooting guard Meyah Andrews to take a 26-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Manning extended its run to 12-0 in the fourth with layups from Smiling, Wilson and Jones to take a 32-20 lead with 6:33 to go in the game.

Geathers-Washington hit a layup with 6:21 to go to stop the bleeding and cut the lead to 32-22.

However, Manning outscored Georgetown 17-10 the rest of the way.