The Lady Mustangs from Buffalo Island Central hit some big shots and topped the Riverside Rebels 61-60. BIC is now 7-2 in conference play. Riverside is now 7-2.
The Rebels, who had a 50-44 lead with at the end of the third period, allowed the Mustangs to hit three big three pointers in the fourth quarter and get back in it. One of those shot was a wide-open three by Leslie Cobb, who tied the game at 58 with 1:28 to go.
The Mustangs exerted the rebounding muscle in that final minute and a half, and pulled down three key boards. Then they finished the game by beating the Riverside press for a shot under the basket.
Valerie Willyerd missed that shot but went to the free throw line with six seconds on the clock. The score was tied at 60, and Willyerd missed the first free throw. With the game on the line and every eye in the place on her, she sank the second one and gave her team the go-ahead point.
The Rebels hurriedly pushed the ball up court but failed to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.
"We shut 'em down late and got just enough free throws to win. Our last game with Riverside was just like this one, except, in that game they made the big play. I guess this one was our turn to make the right plays and win," said Mustangs coach Mike Kinard.
"I'll give them credit. They came ready to play and just beat us," said Rebels coach Greg Rainwater.
BIC got out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first and held roughly a five-point advantage for most of the first half. "We were a little surprised to get the early lead, and we got a little laid back," said Kinard. "They showed what type of team they have by getting right back in it."
With 3:35 left in the 2nd, Riverside's Melody Ward put in two of her twelve points in the quarter and gave the Rebels their first lead.
Riverside led until 2:29 to go in the fourth when BIC's Morgan Milligan hit for two of her 25 and gave the Mustangs a 55-54 lead. The lead went back and forth from that point to the end of the game, and the Mustangs got the last bucket before the game ended.
Riverside's Coach Rainwater said, "We didn't come out ready (to play). We fought back and got the lead, but they forced us to make terrible decisions."
Morgan Milligan led the Mustangs with 25 points. Leslie Cobb and Sara Walker each had nine. Valerie Willyerd scored eight. Rachel Taylor and Holly Cagle added five apiece.
Melody Ward led Riverside with 20. Amanda Dunigan had 13. Keryn Douglas, 12. Miranda Stephens, five.
The Riverside junior girls shut down BIC and get a conference victory, 41-18. Riverside is now 8-2 in the conference. BIC is ?-?. The Rebels were too quick off the dribble and moved the ball too well for BIC.
"We came out with a lot of energy, made some easy buckets and got on a roll. We only beat them by two at Leachville two weeks ago. I was pleased with the way we put this one away early," said coach Greg Rainwater.
Jae Ashabranner led the Rebels with 17, 10 of those points in the 2nd quarter. Torie Gray had 8. Amanda Milligan, 6. Sam Dunigan, 4.
Nanlee Bridges led the Mustangs with five points.
Riverside girls versus Rector
The Senior Lady Rebels came out on top in a tough defensive battle against Rector last week, 48-35. Rector coach Shane Robinson said, "They played some pretty good defense and forced us to rush some shots."
Keryn Douglas and Melody Ward led the Rebels with 12 apiece. Amy Barrett had 7. Amanda Dunigan, 6. Chelsea Couch, 4.
Toby Morris, Lyndsey Bell, and Jessica Hill all had eight for Rector.
The junior Rebel girls outmatched Rector and won, 37-17. Rector coach Shane Robinson said, "They gave us match-up trouble, because they can all take it to the hole."
Ashley Foster had a stellar game for the Rebels. She had a field day on the boards and lit up Rector for 19 points. Torie Gray added six points.
Riverside boys versus BIC Jan. 22
The Riverside rebels senior boys increased their conference record to 5-4 by squeaking out a win over Buffalo Island Central, 57-56.
Joe Ellis led Riverside with 12 points. Steven Dewitt added 10, and Dustin Kelems logged nine boards.
Mark Hawkins led BIC with 21, and Eric Lowerly scored 20.
The junior Rebel boys fell to BIC, 59-38. They stand at 4-5 in the conference. Zach Ridge had ten points for Riverside.
Josh Needle led BIC with 16.
The senior Rebel boys lost to a tough Weiner team, 71-58. "We got close a couple of times in the second half but couldn't beat 'em," said coach Buster Campbell.
Dustin Kelems finished with 21, and Matt Owens had 10 points.
Secrease had 29 for Weiner.
The junior boys defeated Weiner 55-51. Zach Ridge hit them up for 23 points. Blake Stotts and Tyler Timms added 11 apiece.