Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central's Lady Mustangs wanted to make sure they were ready for this year's state tournament after losing in a stunning upset in last year's first round. BIC was more than ready, rolling to a 74-49 victory over Mt. Ida Tuesday night at Jessiville.
The Lady Mustangs dominated in every category to advance to the quarter-finals against defending state champion Carlisle. BIC bolted to a 19-10 first quarter lead, and held their ten point advantage going into the dressing room at the half, 29-19.
The Lady Mustangs blew the game open in the third period, outscoring the Lady Lions 24-12 to take a 53-31 lead heading into the final frame. Back to back three pointers by Lauryn Smith and Sammi Fowler, who scored her 2000th career point in the first half, pushed the Lady Mustang lead to 28. BIC came within one point of mercy ruling Mt. Ida before the Lady Lions went on a three point tear to keep the lead under 30.
"We were really ready to play this year after suffering such a hard defeat in last year's tournament," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "The girls were going to make sure that wouldn't happen again. We got balanced scoring tonight from our big three. I liked the way Lauryn Smith got us started in the first quarter, and then Jessica Shepard took over in the second and third periods. Sammi (Fowler) closed it out for us in the fourth quarter. I am really proud of Sammi for scoring her 2000th career point. It was just a great night for the whole team."
Shepard poured in 26 points while Smith added 24 and Fowler finished with 18 to lead BIC offensively. Jordon Miller tallied four while Corie Flannigan added two. BIC out-rebounded Mt. Ida 36-29 and finished the night shooting 52 percent from the field, including 7-14 from beyond the three point arc.
Mt. Ida was led by Sarah Johnston who scored 20 points while Megan Whisenhunt added 10. The Lady Lions hit just 30 percent from the field, including a 7-25 performance from three point range.