Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central's Lady Mustangs used two buzzer beaters to win a 68-59 double overtime thriller over Piggott in 3AA North Conference action Monday night at Piggott.
The Lady Mustangs trailed by two with just seconds left in regulation when Kasey Garrett sank a buzzer beater with her toe on the three point line, forcing the first overtime. After the two teams battled on even terms through the first overtime, Piggott took a three point lead over the Lady Mustangs. With time running down again on BIC, Jessica Shepard hit a three pointer just before time expired to once again tie the score and send the game into the second overtime.
BIC then outscored the Lady Mohawks by nine points in the second overtime to come away with the exhausting victory. With the win, BIC improves to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. Piggott drops to 0-2 and 0-1 in conference action.
"We were fortunate to catch Piggott when they just got out of volleyball," said BIC Coach Mike Kinard. "The game wasn't perfect, but it was an excellent game to watch. This was two teams that didn't want to lose. Two very good teams just going at it. There were a couple of times when we looked like we were doomed, but we hit a couple of incredible shots. In the end I think Piggott was tired from not being in basketball shape. I felt like in the end we were just in better shape than they were and that was the difference."
Piggott led almost the entire game. The Lady Mohawks held a 10-8 edge at the end of the first quarter and had a 27-22 advantage at halftime. BIC closed the deficit to one, 35-34, entering the final quarter and the two teams were tied 48-48 at the end of regulation.
Shepard led the Lady Mustangs with a game high 28 points. Stephanie Baldridge also posted double figures with 12 points while Lauryn Smith finished with 11. Kasey Garrett had nine points while Ashley Tate and Katie Olive pitched in four points apiece. The Lady Mustangs were red hot from the free throw line, finishing 22-26. BIC also had four three pointers on the evening.
Piggott placed four players in double digits, led by Kourtney Toombs who had 15 points. Lauren Hickson scored 14 points, Erika Rickman finished with 11 and Ashley Coleman scored 10 for the Lady Mohawks. Piggott hit 12-20 from the foul line and nailed three treys on the night.
In junior high action, Piggott rolled to a 38-17 victory over the Mustangs. Jordan Miller led BIC with nine points, Shelby Qualls scored four while Corie Flannigan and Taylor Owens added two points apiece.
BIC will return to action Monday night when they travel to Manila to face the Lady Lions. The Lady Mustangs will then bus to Turrell Tuesday night for another non-conference game against the Lady Rockets.