The Mustangs turn it up on homecoming night

Friday, January 18, 2002
Buffalo Island Central Senior High Homecoming Court and escorts are, from left: Back - Shona Johnson escorted by Mark Hawkins, Melanie Rose escorted by Ryan Wallace, Morgan Milligan escorted by Justin Hawkins. Front - flower girl Christinia Gathright and crown bearer Justin Barnes.

Nothing is more special to a ball club than being victorious on homecoming night, and that's just what the Mustangs sought to do last Friday night as they hosted Walnut Ridge.

As the game started both teams were displaying tremendous defensive depth and making key shots. Walnut Ridge attempted to overpower the Mustangs early but BIC's Kevin Davis wouldn't allow it. He hit a long three-pointer to bring his team within one, and then on the next possession he made a nice move on his defender and gave his team a 9-8 lead.

However, Walnut Ridge wouldn't be on the losing end for very long making a three-pointer and then a buzzer beating lay-up to hold on to a 13-9 lead going into the second quarter.

Walnut Ridge dominated the rebounding aspect of the second quarter, therefore; controlling the pace of the game. On their very first possession of the second quarter Walnut Ridge grabbed the offensive rebound seven times before finally making the jumper.

With 3:00 left in the half and BIC desperately needing a big play Mark Hawkins did just that hitting the three-pointer and cutting Walnut Ridges' lead 17-12. Then Erick Lyerly grabbed his own rebound and shoot another three making the score 17-15.

Not wanting to lose the lead before the end of the half Walnut Ridge stepped up and made two three-pointers of their own and as the half came to a close Walnut Ridge accumulated a 26-19 lead.

The Mustangs entered the third quarter looking like a different team. They were showing aggressiveness, intensity, and a drive to win. Erick Lyerly owned the third quarter sinking shot after shot. He made an amazing steal and drove the ball to the basket picking up the points and the foul to give his team a 29-28 lead.

With 1:22 on the clock he hit a wide open jump shot thanks to a Cal Rose assist. While Walnut Ridge was doing their part to keep the game close it was BIC who was dominating the floor and as the third quarter began they had a 35-34 lead.

As the fourth quarter commenced Erick Lyerly continued to pick apart Walnut Ridges' defense and with 6:19 left in the game he increased the Mustangs lead 40-36. With 5:20 on the clock and Walnut Ridges game falling apart Erick Lyerly and Cal Rose teamed up to put nine more points on the board and with the help of their teammates brought home the 56-44 homecoming victory.

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