BIC press smothers Lady Jackets 62-51

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Town Crier Sports Staff

Buffalo Island Central rallied from a nine point second period deficit to take a 62-51 2A-3 conference win Thursday night over the Lady Yellowjackets at Bay.

Lacy Staten's stick-back bucket to open the second quarter gave Bay their largest lead of the night, 22-13. But the Lady Mustangs turned to their full court press and battled back to tie the score 24-24 when Jessica Shepard completed a conventional three point play with 4:22 left in the half.

Shepard gave the Lady Mustangs the lead for good, picking up a steal and driving coast to coast for the lay-up, giving BIC a 26-24 lead at the 4:00 mark. BIC got their second consecutive steal when Sammi Fowler picked off an errant Bay pass and was fouled. The senior forward sank 1-2 free throws, pushing the Lady Mustang lead to 27-24 with 3:47 to go.

A free throw by Staten pulled Bay back to within two points, 27-24, but the Lady Mustangs outscored Bay 6-2 to close the half with a 33-27 lead.

BIC continued to build their lead in the third quarter behind the scoring of Shepard and Fowler as the Lady Mustangs took a 47-35 lead into the final frame. Fowler and Shepard combined for all of BIC's third quarter points and the Lady Mustangs led by as many as 14 late in the period.

Bay tried to rally late in the game behind the scoring of Meghon Mink, whose three pointer with 1:00 to go pulled the Lady Jackets to within 55-48, but the Lady Jackets would get no closer.

"We brought in some people off our bench and used our press, which really turned the game around," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "But I tell you what, Bay has a real good team. Their size is very intimidating. We pulled the ball out and made their big girls come away from the basket, which is about all we could do, and it worked for us. Bay needs to be proud that they didn't quit after we built a big lead. This is a big conference win for us on the road. I am very happy."

"BIC put the press on us and forced us into about 10 first half turnovers, and that was the story of the game," said Bay Coach Chad LaRosa. "Once they got the lead by halftime, we just couldn't fight back in the second half. We got away from getting the ball to Lacy in the second half. I told our girls after the game that is something we have to work on. We also have to work on limiting our turnovers."

BIC (9-1, 2-0 2A-3) got a game high 29 points from Shepard, who also came away with seven steals on the night. Fowler pitched in 19 points while Lauryn Smith also hit double digits with 10. BIC finished the night 21-28 from the free throw line and hit three treys. Chelsie Nix and Jordan Miller added two points apiece for the Lady Mustangs.

Bay (6-2, 1-1 2A-3) was led by Staten who scored 19 points, but was held to only four in the second half. Mink pumped in 18 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Sydnie Leasure added 10 more. Bay finished the night 13-15 from the foul line and drilled four three pointers.

BIC began the week with a 69-51 non-conference victory over Armorel at Monette, despite 32 points from Lady Tiger Brittany Brooks. Brooks drilled seven three pointers on the night.

Jessica Shepard pumped in 25 points while Sammi Fowler and Lauryn Smith added 14 more each to led BIC to the win. The Lady Mustangs held a 21-14 first period lead and pushed their advantage to 36-19 at the half. BIC took a 55-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Mustangs, who hit 11-17 free throws and made six treys, also got six points from Chelsie Nix while Jordan Miller and Jamie Harris netted four points apiece. Corie Flannigan chipped in two points.

The Lady Mustangs dropped their first game of the season when they fell to Bald Knob Tuesday night 70-55 at Monette.

Bald Knob held a 23-18 lead after the first period and took a 37-27 lead into the dressing room at the half. Bald Knob pulled out to a 51-36 lead after three quarters.

Jessica Shepard led BIC with 31 points while Sammi Fowler scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jordan Miller tallied four points while Lauryn Smith chipped in three more for BIC. The Lady Mustangs hit 11-17 from the foul line and made one trey.

Phagen Altom led Bald Knob with 26 points. Kalia Garner and Brittany Folks scored 15 and 13 points respectively. Bald Knob finished the night 17-36 from the free throw line.

In junior high action, BIC took two of three on the week, including a 48-41 win over Armorel and a 49-33 defeat of Bay. The Lady Mustangs dropped a 40-29 decision to Bald Knob.

Brittany Fowler scored 20 points while Demi Hargrove added 11 to lead BIC in Monday night's win over Armorel. Jenna Pike scored nine, Taylor Owens had four while Kalee James and Kaylee Greathouse added two points apiece.

Katelyn Brown and Callie Brooks led Armorel with 10 points apiece.

Demi Hargrove and Brittany Fowler scored 15 and 13 points respectively in Thursday night's victory at Bay. Jenna Pike scored five points while Kalee James, Amber Rolland, Jenna Walker and Jacey Sneed all had four points apiece.

Trish Dedman led Bay with 15 points while Chelsea Simmons added 14.

Stephanie Durfee scored 12 points while Makenzie Cox added 11 more to lead Bald Knob past BIC Tuesday night at Monette.

Brittany Fowler scored 11 points while Jenna Pike added nine to pace BIC. Taylor Owens scored six and Demi Hargrove added three to round out the BIC scoring.

BIC will return to action Monday night when they host Riverside in a key 2A-3 conference tilt.

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