Buffalo Island Central's Lady Mustangs were dealt its first two losses of the season last week, dropping a pair of non-conference games on the road. BIC fell 51-30 Friday night at Westside after dropping a 70-50 decision to Nettleton Tuesday night at Raider Gym. The Lady Mustangs (18-2, 6-0 2A-3) began the week with an 80-52 victory Monday night over Marked Tree in 2A-3 conference play.
BIC took the junior high game 42-37 behind Madison Greathouse's 12 points. The junior Lady Mustangs improved to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play with the win.
Nettleton drilled 26-31 free throws while BIC went to the line just nine times, connecting on five, in the Lady Mustang's loss to Nettleton. Jennifer Towne finished with a double-double, scoring 21 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Alexis Sharp added 15 points for the Lady Raiders.
Nettleton took a 34-26 lead at the half and held a 52-43 advantage after three quarters. The Lady Mustangs rallied and cut the deficit to one on a Brittany Fowler lay-up midway through the final period, but could get no closer. Fowler led BIC with 20 points. Kaylee Greathouse added 12 while Jenna Pike pitched in 11.
"Our girls did really well," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "We know our goals. It would be great to go undefeated, but that wasn't going to happen. We are really trying to get ready for the NEA and make a push for state."
Heaven Howard drilled six three pointers on her way to a 27 point performance, leading Westside to an eight point victory over BIC. The Lady Warriors (8-2) led 27-26 at the half and took a 40-28 lead heading into the final frame.
Brittany Fowler scored 14 while Jenna Pike and Cassidy Qualls added 11 and 10 points respectively for BIC.
Westside edged BIC 43-41 in overtime in the junior high contest.
The Lady Mustangs will open the NEA Tournament as the number one seed in the A-AA-AAA division. BIC will receive a bye in the first round and will open tournament play against the winner of the McCrory-Tuckerman game Dec. 23 at 9 p.m.