Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central scored early and often, racing to a 31-10 lead en route to an easy 73-50 victory Friday night at Marked Tree in 2A-3 conference action.
Senior guard Jessica Shepard scored 17 of her game high 25 points in the first period to lead the Mustang romp. BIC bolted to a 7-0 lead to start the game and continued to build their advantage. Shepard capped off the quarter with a three pointer, giving the Lady Mustangs a 21 point bulge entering the second period.
BIC Coach Stan Fowler went to his bench in the second quarter and Marked Tree took advantage, battling back to cut the Mustang lead to 39-24 by halftime.
BIC put the game away in the third quarter, leading by as many as 24 points before settling for a 57-37 lead heading into the final frame.
BIC's biggest lead of the night came when senior Lauryn Smith completed a three point play with 4:43 left in the game, giving the Lady Mustangs a 70-40 lead and invoking the mercy rule.
Shepard added five steals and five assists to go along with her game high 25 points, while Sammi Fowler recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points while dishing out 10 assists. Lauryn Smith also had a big night offensively for the Lady Mustangs, pumping in 21 points. Rounding out the BIC scoring attack was Jordan Miller who scored five while Whitlee Rolland tallied three points and Chelsie Nix, Haley Smith, Harley Damron and Shelby Qualls all added two points apiece.
Marked Tree placed three players in double figures, led by center Mary Davis who scored 16 points. Sophomore Hannah Ghant scored 12 points while Deziree Tull added 11 more for the Lady Indians.
BIC (23-5, 12-1 2A-3) began the week with a 68-36 rout of Cross County. BIC placed 15 players in the scoring column, led by Jessica Shepard who scored 11 points. The Lady Mustangs, who hit 9-14 from the foul line and nailed five treys, also received eight points from senior Sammi Fowler. Ashley Jines and Chelsie Nix scored six points apiece, Whitlee Rolland and Corie Flannigan netted five apiece, Harley Damron, Haley Smith, Holly Dempsey and Tiffany McMinn added four points each, while Lauryn Smith and Shelby Qualls tallied three each. Karla Marroquin and Katelyn Pittman contributed two points apiece while Jordon Miller finished with one point.
BIC led 23-4 after the first period and 38-14 at the half. The Lady Mustangs carried a 54-29 lead into the final quarter.
Cross County was led by Jasmine James who scored 16 points while Carmetra Gibbs added 10. The Lady Thunderbirds hit 2-7 free throws and made four treys on the night.
In junior high action, BIC improved to 21-3 overall and 11-2 in conference play with a pair of victories. The Lady Mustangs defeated Cross County 53-26 before rolling over Marked Tree 42-28.
Seventh grader Brittany Fowler scored 16 points while Jenna Pike added 10 in BIC's victory over Cross County. Demi Hargrove posted nine points, Jenny Walker, Kaylee Greathouse and Cassidy Qualls all scored three points each while Taylor Owens, Jodiee Clay, Tori Treece and Cara Feagin netted two points apiece. Amber Rolland rounded out the BIC scoring with one point.
Mahongany Collins led Cross County with 10 points.
Brittany Fowler led BIC in the scoring column over Marked Tree with 12 points. Taylor Owens netted nine, Cassidy Qualls tallied seven, Jenna Pike pitched in six, while Jacey Sneed tallied three. Kalee James and Kaylee Greathouse contributed two points apiece while Chasity Garrett added one.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Bald Knob for a senior girls and senior boys game. The Lady Mustangs will close the week with a key 2A-3 conference game on the road against second place Rector.