East Poinsett County traveled to the Mustang Athletic Complex and came away with a four game sweep over Buffalo Island Central in 2A-3 conference basketball action Friday night at Monette.
(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
EPC started the night with a 30-28 victory over the Lady Mustangs in junior girls action. The Lady Warriors held a 9-6 lead after opening period before BIC rallied to take a 15-9 lead at the half. The Lady Mustangs held a 22-19 edge entering the final frame before EPC outscored BIC 11-6 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.
Candice Hodge led BIC with 12 points while Hannah Poe scored nine. Kelsey Strickland netted five while Taylor McKuin added two.
EPC took the junior boys game 36-29 behind the 18 point performance of Malik Monk.
The two teams battled to a 12-12 tie after the first quarter before the Warriors took a 20-15 lead at halftime. BIC fought back in the third period and pulled within 27-26 entering the fourth quarter.
BIC's Nick Bollinger led all scorers with a game high 19 points. Austin Pike tallied eight while Drake Brown pitched in two. The Mustangs hurt themselves at the foul line, hitting just five of 16 free throws.
In what was to be the feature game of the night between the state's number one team, BIC, and second ranked EPC, it was the Lady Warriors who flexed their muscle, pounding out a 58-39 victory over the host Lady Mustangs.
It was all EPC from the start, as the Lady Warriors held a 16-0 lead after the first quarter. EPC stretched its advantage 32-7 at the half. BIC, who trailed by as many as 27 points, fought back late in the third period and cut the lead to 42-27 at the 1:30 mark. EPC answered the BIC charge, scoring the last six points of the quarter to take a 48-27 lead into the final frame. EPC controlled the fourth period, and with the win, the two teams now sit tied atop the 2A-3 conference.
"We got off to a great start," said EPC Coach Bobby Lewallen. "We were making shots from all over. It was about as good a start as we could have hoped for. We controlled the boards and did a great job on both Fowler (Brittany) and Pike (Jenna), two of the best scorers in the league. When you hold a team as good as BIC to seven points in a half, it's hard to believe. I thought the difference in the first conference game that we lost to them was we played a man defense, which you can't do. We switched to a zone defense for this game, and it made all the difference in the world."
"We played about as bad as we could play," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "We just did not execute our offense. I thought Shania Junyor and Rachel Goldammer played well, but that was about it. The good thing is we are still tied for first in the league."
Brittany Ball scored 19 points while Kierra Young added 15 more to lead the Lady Warriors.
Brittany Fowler led BIC with 14 while Cassidy Qualls came off the bench to score 10 more. Jenna Pike tallied eight, Taylor Owens netted three while Hayley Parker and Rachel Goldammer added two points apiece.
EPC completed the sweep with a convincing 74-39 victory in senior boys action. Rashad Madden, A.J. Turner and Jammar Sturdivant scored 10 points apiece to lead the Warriors, who improved to 20-3 on the season.
BIC traveled to Cherry Valley Tuesday night and dropped a 59-46 decision to Cross County. Jake Veasley poured in a game high 27 points while Darrian Hare and Blake Veasley added 16 points each for the Thunderbirds, who hit 15-21 foul shots while making four three pointers.
Daniel Davis paced the Mustangs with 16 points while Ben Cole added 13 more. Jeremy Smith scored nine, James Tate and Dilynn Strickland tallied three points apiece while Brent Ray added two. BIC hit seven of 13 free throws and made one three pointer.
Cross County held leads of 15-6 after the first quarter, 24-18 at the half and 43-28 after three periods of play.
In junior high action, BIC rolled over Cross County 53-26. Austin Pike led BIC with 19 points while Nick Bollinger also hit double digits, scoring 13 points. Jacob Sanders and Johnathan Mondragon tallied six points apiece, Eric Navarro netted four, Wes Lancaster and Tyler Myers scored two points each while Drake Brown contributed one point.
The Mustangs will play host to Marmaduke Tuesday night before traveling to Marked Tree Friday night for a pair of 2A-3 conference games.
BIC defeated Cross County 56-30 in senior girls action. Shania Junyor led BIC with 14 points. Hayley Parker scored eight, Jenna Pike and Katelyn Sparkman tallied seven points apiece while Brittany Fowler and Rachel Goldammer contributed six points each. Taylor Owens netted four points while Jenny Walker and Jodiee Clay added two points apiece.
BIC claimed the junior girls contest 40-27. Hannah Poe led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points. Kelsey Strickland scored eight, Madison Greathouse netted six, Bailey Owens tallied five, Megan Holden and Taylor McKuin contributed three points apiece while Candice Hodge added two points.
The Lady Mustangs will return to action Monday night, hosting Marmaduke in 2A-3 conference play. BIC will travel to Marked Tree for another conference battle Thursday night against the Lady Indians.