Town Crier Sports Staff
Carlisle showed Buffalo Island Central why they are the defending state champions, outscoring the Lady Mustangs 18-3 in the second period en route to a 59-38 victory, ending Buffalo Island Central's hopes of a state title Friday afternoon at Jessieville.
The two teams battled on even terms throughout the first quarter. Senior forward Sammi Fowler's 15-foot baseline jumper with 2:07 left tied the score at 10-10 before Jana Inman drilled a three pointer with 1:07 left to give the Lady Bison a 13-10 lead entering the second stanza. But Carlisle went on a three point binge in the second period while the Lady Mustangs failed to score from the field, as the Lady Bison stretched a three point edge to eighteen points, 31-13, by halftime.
University of Arkansas signee Julie Inman connected on the first of four Lady Bison three pointers to start the second quarter. Emily Schafer drained a trey and was fouled at the 5:58 mark. Schafter's free throw completed the rare four point play, pushing the Bison lead to 20-11.
Schafer then connected on back to back treys, before Julie Inman closed the quarter with six straight points to break the game open.
The two teams battled on even terms in the second half, but the Lady Mustangs could never get closer than 16 points. Trailing 44-28 with 5:49 to go, any hopes of a BIC comeback faded when Fowler fouled out, ending her Mustang career.
Julie Inman led all scorers with 25 points while Schafer added 17 more. The Lady Bison connected on 17-22 free throws and out-rebounded BIC 26-14. Carlisle finished the night 8-17 from beyond the three point arc.
Jessica Shepard finished her Mustang career with 19 points, but was the only BIC player to hit double digits. Fowler scored nine, Corie Flannigan tallied three, while Lauryn Smith, Chelsie Nix and Taylor Owens added two points apiece. BIC hit 13-18 from the charity stripe but made just 3-11 three pointers and connected on only 11-29 from the field.
"Carlisle got hot from the three point line and we got in foul trouble and that was really the story of the game," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "We tried to take the ball inside against their big girls to draw fouls, but just didn't get the calls. Sammi fouled out early in the game which really hurt. Everything that we needed to happen didn't, which was to hit our three point shots and get them in foul trouble. But the girls played hard and I can't express how much fun I have had this year. It's hard to say goodbye to your seniors, especially when one of them is your daughter. We all sat in the dressing room and cried. It was a sad moment. But I tell you what, I am really proud of these girls. We won the conference, finished runner-up in the district and won the regional tournament. We had a 31-9 record. It was quite a year."