BIC, Bay claim 3AA-North junior titles
BAY The Buffalo Island Central Junior Mustangs and the Bay Junior Lady Yellowjackets both racked up District Tournament honors Saturday night in the finals of the 3AA-North District Tournament held at Bay High School.
Additionally, both teams finished their seasons with undefeated conference records and claimed District Championship trophies.
In the boys bracket, BIC (30-1) won their seventh consecutive junior high district title by defeating Bay 71-40.
The Junior Lady Yellowjackets claimed their title with a 47-30 win over the Riverside Junior Lady Rebels.
Top-seeded BIC defeated Walnut Ridge 56-40 on Thursday night to advance to Saturday's championship final. Bay reached the championship game after defeating Rector 53-33 in first round action on Monday and upsetting second-seeded Marmaduke 63-39 in the semifinals on Thursday.
While BIC eventually won the finals by a 31-point margin, the first six minutes of play showed the outcome could have gone either way. Both teams were tied at 7-7 at the end of the first period.
BIC head coach Bill Taylor said his team was "too ready" to play in the game's opening minutes.
"I really believe we were just too ready to play. We had too many guys that were trying to do too much too quick. We were not in sync at all. We talked about getting off to a good start and how important that was, but everyone was just out trying to make huge plays. We were lucky that didn't get us into any worse shape than we were.
"We finally relaxed in the second quarter, got our rhythm and started hitting some threes."
Eighth grader Brooks Taylor's two consecutive booming threes from the left wing in the early moments of the second period was the spark the Mustangs needed as they used a 21-9 showing in the frame to command a 28-16 lead at the half. BIC added a huge 24-point third quarter and capped off the win with a 19-point fourth period while holding Bay to 24 points in the final two frames for the win.
Bay head coach Bobby Hutchison said he was pleased with the play of his squad in the first half.
"I thought we hung with them pretty well in the first two quarters," he said. "We played hard the whole game, but they (BIC) finally started hitting those outside shots. They have so many weapons so it is very hard to defend against them."
Brooks Taylor led BIC in the win with 24 points. Brandon Ballard was close behind with 22. L.B. Cole and Josh Nettles added five apiece. Josh Shepard finished the night with four points before exiting the game early with an ankle injury. Matthew Ibanez tossed in three with Cord Rose, Kenny Garrett and Chris Deeds contributing two points each.
Justin Hutchison led the Bay effort with ten points. Derek McMasters and Bart Hogan both tossed in seven. Billy Vestal, Drew Curtis and Tyrone Harris notched three each. Garrett Bollinger and Willie Scott each added two. Daine Bennett contributed one.
In BIC's win over Walnut Ridge, Brandon Ballard led the offense with with 29 points. Derek Rolland and Josh Shepard added ten with Brooks Taylor tossing in two. Kenny Garrett added one.
Brett Shrable led Walnut Ridge with 15.
Derek McMasters poured in 21 points for Bay in their win over Marmaduke. Bart Hogan followed with 18. Justin Hutchison added eight with Billy Vestal notching seven. Eric Roberts tossed in four, Seth Southard and Ozzie Smith contributed two each while Daine Bennett added one.
John Clark's 23 paced Marmaduke. Dane Boggs added eight, Kevin Keen three, Michael Dobbins and Justin Gilbee netted two each and Aaron Reddick tossed in one.
Hogan and Hutchison led Bay over Rector with 12 points each. McMasters and Vestal added ten each. Bennett tossed in six and Southard added a free throw.
Bryce Conley's 12 notches led Rector. Max Wyss and Eric Clayton netted six, David Simmons tossed in three, Jay Beacham and Jacob Holcomb contributed with two. Bryan Arnold and Justin Haynes put one point each in the scorebook.
The Riverside Junior Rebels fell in their first round match to Walnut Ridge 34-31.
Zach Ridge led Riverside with 12 points. Tyler Timms added eight, Bake Stotts six, Jeremy Mann three and M.J. Emery two. Brett Shrable led Walnut Ridge with 15.
Mark Manchester's Junior Lady Yellowjackets capped off their 28-3 season in fitting fashion, winning all the tournaments they participated in and coasting to the district title with a 20-game win streak.
Catching a bye in the first round, the Bay girls defeated Rector 52-34 in the semifinals to reach the championship game.
The Junior Lady Yellowjackets broke out of their hive early, jumping out to an 8-1 lead over Riverside (19-12) in Saturday's finals, but Greg Rainwater's Junior Lady Rebels' defense stiffened in the second period, holding Bay to a mere seven points and cut the deficit to four, 20-16 at the half.
Bay had beaten Riverside by at least 20 points in three prior matchups earlier this season.
"I though we played them pretty well this time," coach Rainwater said after the game. "We were only down by ten with two minutes left to play, but who do you foul on that team? I mean, they all stepped up and hit their free throws. I was very proud of our play tonight though. We had a few good spurts, but we also had some turnovers and you can't do that against agood team like Bay.
"We wanted to try and control the tempo of the game," Rainwater said of his game plan. "We wanted to take some good shots, but the main thing is you cannot turn the ball over against their press and we did."
Bay broke the game open in the third quarter outscoring Riverside 13-6 to take an 11-point 33-22 lead into the final period.
"They (Riverside) have gotten better everytime we've played them," coach Manchester said. "They played us very well. They knew how to attack us, but we started hitting some shots in the second half and things went our way."
Jessica McMasters led in the Bay win with 19 points. Amber McMasters tossed in ten with Lee Davis adding eight. Amy Ballew notched five, Emily McDaniel three and Samantha Carter two.
Jae Ashabranner led Riverside with nine. Ashley Foster added six, Sam Dunigan and Amanda Milligan contributed four each, Whitney Shasteen aided in the effort with three and Tori Gray chipped in one.
Amber McMasters led Bay in Friday night's win over Rector in the semifinals. Jessica McMasters added 14. Sam Carter and Amy Ballew notched five points each. Jerra Ferguson and Lee Davis posted two points in the win.
Lauren Faulkner paced Rector with ten. Skye Shepard added seven, Tylee Tracer six, Tara Shepard four; Abbe' McCarroll, Lindsay Fowler and Jordan Cornelison all tossed in two. Natalie Sigsby added one.
Riverside rolled to a 30-14 win over BIC Friday.
Ashabranner led the Junior Lady Rebels with 11. Milligan and Ashley Foster tossed in five each. Shasteen added four, Gray three and Emilee Hook notched two.
Nan Lee Bridges and Tara Roach had the only points for BIC. Bridges canned nine with Roach tallying five.
Bridges led BIC in their first round win over Marmaduke with 22. Ashley Tate added 11. Roach added six with Sasha Barnett tossing in two.
Michelle DeFries led Marmaduke with 14. Kyla French notched eight with Brooke Smith and Danielle Bateman finishing the night with three each. Lindsey Hickson added two.
Rector's first round win over Walnut Ridge was paced by Faulkner's 11. Cornelison added six. Tara Shepard tossed in four and McCarroll, Tracer and Jamie Beck aided in the effort with two each.
Jessica Schmidt led Walnut Ridge with 13.
Selected to the 3AA-North All-Tournament boys team were John Clark, Nathan Wyatt and Kevin Keen of Marmaduke; Josh Nettles, Brandon Ballard, Brooks Taylor and Josh Shepard of BIC; Justin Hutchison and Derek McMasters of Bay; Bryce Conley of Rector; Tyler Timms, Blake Stotts and Zach Ridge of Riverside and Brian Belcher and Brett Shrable of Walnut Ridge.
The girls All-Tournament selections were Amber McMasters, Jessica McMasters, Amy Ballew, Lee Davis, Emily McDaniel and Sam Carter of Bay; Brooke Smith and Michelle DeFries of Marmaduke; Lauren Faulkner and Tara Shepard of Rector; Jessica Schmidt of Walnut Ridge; Amanda Milligan and Jae Ashabranner of Riverside and Torie Gray and Nan Lee Bridges of BIC.
The 3AA-North Senior Districts will be held this week at Rector.