Lady Mustangs hold off Walnut Ridge 40-34
Buffalo Island Central remained unbeaten in 3AA North Conference action with a 40-34 victory over Walnut Ridge Monday night at Monette.
The Mustangs (14-2, 4-0) used the hot outside shooting of Stephanie Baldridge to fight off the pesky Lady Bobcats. Baldridge, who led BIC with 14 points, nailed four three pointers on the night to help the Mustangs take home the victory.
BIC held a 13-10 first quarter lead only to see Walnut Ridge battle back to take an 18-17 halftime advantage. The Lady Mustangs regained the lead, 31-26, after three quarters and outscored Walnut Ridge 9-8 in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.
Nan Lee Bridges and Kasey Garrett aided the Mustang cause with 10 points each. Garrett hit some key free throws down the stretch as she went 6-8 from the charity stripe. Chelsea Nix, Ashley Tate, and Katie Olive all scored two points apiece to round out the Mustang attack.
BIC finished 8-13 from the foul line and hit four three pointers.
Vanessa Oliver scored a game high 18 points to lead the Lady Bobcats. Walnut Ridge finished 8-9 from the free throw stripe.
In junior high action, Walnut Ridge ran past the Mustangs 41-24. Carrie Massey scored 11 points while Amber Caldwell added 10 more to pace the Bobcats. Walnut Ridge finished 7-19 from the free throw line and hit four treys on the night.
Harley Damron led BIC with six points while Jordan Miller tossed in five more. Teela Swaims netted four points, Corie Flannigan scored three points, while Whitley Rolland, Jenna Pike, and Nicole Poe added two points apiece. The Lady Mustangs were 4-12 from the free throw line.
Walnut Ridge led 12-6 after the first quarter, 16-10 at the half and 34-16 after three periods.
The Lady Mustangs will return to action Monday night as they host Piggott in a key 3AA North match-up at the Monette Athletic Complex. BIC will travel to Pocahontas Friday night for a non-conference tilt with the Lady Redskins.