Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central outscored Manila 12-0 to close the first quarter and never looked back as the Lady Mustangs opened the 2007-2008 basketball season with a convincing 63-42 win over the Lady Lions Monday night at the Monette Athletic Complex.
Trailing 9-7 at the 4:40 mark of the opening quarter, the Lady Mustangs reeled off the game's next 12 points to open up a 19-9 lead entering the second period. Mustang senior Sammi Fowler started the run with a driving lay-up to tie the score and moments later gave BIC the lead for good with a pair of free throws at the 4:00 mark.
Sophomore Holly Dempsey, who made her senior high debut a memorable one by scoring 10 points, dropped in a bucket at the 2:16 mark to push the BIC lead to 13-9 and closed the quarter with another basket, giving the Lady Mustangs a 10 point advantage.
BIC continued their onslaught in the second quarter with a 14-2 run to open up a 22 point lead, 33-11, with 2:32 left in the half. Fowler's offensive stickback and successful free throw after being fouled completed the three point play to highlight the run.
Manila tried to fight back with an 8-3 run of their own to close the half, as sophomore sharpshooter Kimberly Wise scored five of the Lion's eight points, cutting BIC's lead to 36-19 at the half.
Both teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter with the Lady Mustangs up 52-36 entering the final frame.
Manila led three times in the first quarter, thanks to a Wise trey and an offensive stickback from Kristen Painter. But the Lady Lions had difficulty all night finding the basket, missing numerous inside shots, allowing BIC to take control of the game.
"Coming into tonight's game my biggest concern was our shooting ability," said Manila Coach Jeff Priest. "We have a very athletic team but we have to find a way to put the ball in the hole. I don't know how many give-me's we missed in the lane, but there were quite a few. We just couldn't finish. I thought we played a pretty good first quarter and we did a very good job on Jessica Shepard tonight, but we just couldn't find a way to put the ball in the hole. I told our kids the season is a journey, not a sprint, and we got beat by a very good team tonight that was clicking on all cylinders. But we have BIC again in two weeks, and hopefully we will make a better showing."
"I was concerned in the first quarter, but once we got the lead I was very proud of the girls for maintaining their advantage," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "Manila is a very quick and athletic team, but they had trouble finding the basket tonight. We had a sophomore come off the bench tonight, Holly Dempsey, who really played a good game. I was proud of Jordan Miller and Corie Flannigan. They both had good games. I thought all the girls played well tonight. I had been concerned about filling the holes our seniors left, but we answered a lot of questions tonight. Manila is a good team. They will have a lot of wins this year. They hustle and bang on the boards and they are a well coached team."
BIC placed three players in double figures, led by Sammi Fowler's 16 points. Jessica Shepard pumped in 15 points while Dempsey added 10. Lauryn Smith finished one point shy of double digits with nine points. Chelsie Nix scored five, Jordan Miller had four while Corie Flannigan and Jamie Harris added two points apiece. The Lady Mustangs struggled from the line, hitting just 18-31 attempts, but shot 50 percent from the field.
Manila was led by Kimberly Wise, who scored 13 points. Rebekah White, Kelce Misner, and Savannah Jones scored six points apiece. Colleen Kemp added four while Kristen Painter, Heather Dozhier and Leigha Woody added two points apiece. Katie Donner pitched in one point for the Lady Lions, who hit 13-22 from the foul line.
In junior high action, BIC rolled to a 49-17 win behind Brittany Fowler and Demi Hargrove, who scored 11 points apiece. Taylor Owens scored seven, Cassidy Qualls had three while Jenna Pike, Amber Rolland, Jenny Walker, Chasity Garrett, Danielle Schooley, Rachel Goldammer, Tori Treece and Micah Thompson all contributed two points apiece. Jodiee Clay added one point.
Manila was led by Peyton Joiner who scored six points. Shelby Wallace netted three while Lindsey Greene, Jordan Robinson, Kristen Wise, and Courtney Craine added two points apiece.
BIC made it a clean sweep with a 40-17 victory in seventh grade action. Cassidy Qualls scored a game high 13 points to lead the Lady Mustangs to a 40-17 victory. Brittany Fowler scored nine, Brittany Stockton netted five, Jodiee Clay had four, while Emily Owens and Katelyn Sparkman scored three points apiece. Angel Sparkman added two while Kaylee Greathouse pitched in one.
Manila was led by Courtney Craine who scored eight points while Taylor Bishop tallied four. Shelby Wallace and Kristen Wise added three and two points respectively.