Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central kept Paragould winless with a 62-46 victory to capture seventh place in the McDonald's Shootout Saturday afternoon at Paragould.
Sammi Fowler poured in a game high 29 points and captured the Jim Bryant Most Valuable Player Award as player of the game to lead the Lady Mustangs. Jessica Shepard, who was named to the All-Shootout Team, also hit double digits, scoring 15 points.
Kasa Pugh led Paragould (0-6) with 18 points while Rachel Winn chipped in 17 more.
BIC held a 16-10 first period lead and maintained their six point advantage going into intermission, 28-22. The Lady Mustangs stretched their lead to 46-35 entering the final quarter.
BIC began the tournament Thursday afternoon with a 74-65 loss to eventual tournament champion Central Arkansas Christian. Kelsey Hatcher drilled seven three pointers on her way to a team high 31 points to lead the Lady Mustangs to the victory. Jordan Henderson chipped in 13 points. CAC hit 6-15 from the foul line and made 10 treys on the afternoon.
Jessica Shepard led all scorers, pouring in 34 points for BIC. Sammi Fowler also delivered double digit scoring, pitching in 16 more. Jordan Miller tallied six, Lauryn Smith had four, Chelsie Nix netted three while Holly Dempsey added two. BIC connected on 19-25 from the foul line and drilled four three pointers. Shepard received the award for the Most Valauble Player.
BIC held a slim 16-15 edge after the first quarter before CAC rallied for a 43-32 halftime advantage. CAC took a 63-57 lead into the final period.
BIC lost a 60-42 decision Friday afternoon to Jonesboro. Jessica Shepard led the Lady Mustangs with 25 points. Sammi Fowler scored eight, Lauryn Smith netted seven while Haley Smith tallied two. Lauryn Smith received the award for the Most Valuable Player.
Calandra Graham led Jonesboro with 22 points. The Lady Hurricane hit 18-26 free throws. Jonesboro held a 13-11 first period advantage and led 30-25 at the half. The Lady Hurricane pushed their lead to 40-29 after three periods.
BIC began the week with a 64-26 2A-3 conference win over Marked Tree. The Lady Mustangs put 13 players in the scoring column, led by Shepard and Fowler who scored 14 and 12 points respectively. Lauryn Smith also hit double digits with 11 points. Jordan Miller, Whitlee Rolland, Chelsie Nix and Harley Damron scored four points apiece while Corie Flannigan, Shelby Qualls, Holly Dempsey, Ashley Jines, Karla Marroquin and Jamie Harris scored two points each. BIC finished 21-25 from the foul line and hit three treys.
Hannah Ghant led Marked Tree with 10 points. The Lady Indians went 9-24 from the free throw line and nailed one trey.
BIC jumped to a 17-5 first period lead and held a 34-17 advantage at the half. BIC led 51-23 entering the final period.
BIC will return to action Monday night when they host Rector in a key 2A-3 conference matchup. The Lady Mustangs will play host to Turrell Thursday night in another conference tilt to close out the week.