East Poinsett County's Lady Warriors outscored Buffalo Island Central 20-3 in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and went on to defeat the Lady Mustangs 57-36 in the championship game of the 2A-3 District Tournament Friday night at Caraway.
BIC Lady Mustangs, 2A-3 District Tournament runner-up and Conference runner-up.
EPC held a slim 10-9 edge after the first quarter and took a 26-22 advantage into the dressing room at halftime. The two teams battled on even terms in the third period with the Lady Warriors holding a 37-33 lead heading into the final frame.
The fourth quarter belonged to EPC, who held BIC without a field goal as the Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Mustangs for the third time in four attempts on the season.
Cassidy Qualls hit a pair of free throws to start the fourth quarter, pulling BIC to within 37-35, but EPC outscored the Lady Mustangs 20-1 the rest of the way in securing the tournament championship.
Lady Mustang Jenna Pike (22) attempts to drive by EPC's Alicia Ross (24) while a packed house looks on Friday night in the finals of the 2A-3 District Tournament at Caraway.
"This is the third straight win for us against them," said EPC Coach Bobby Lewallen. "They have all been hard fought battles. We bring out the best in them and they bring out the best in us. Since our first loss to them earlier this season, we decided to switch defenses and it has really paid dividends for us. Keyerah Young had an excellent night shooting. When it was a six point game midway through the fourth quarter, she hit a huge three that was really big. She is a good inside player but she's also one of our best three point shooters. I am very proud of the girls and looking forward to the regional tournament next week."
EPC's tenacious defense forced BIC into 10 fourth quarter turnovers and 17 for the game. The Lady Warriors were led by Keyerah Young who scored 14 points while Terrika Madden and Brittany Ball added 12 points apiece. Teria Young scored seven, Alicia Ross tallied five while Whitney Ball added four. The Lady Warriors finished 16-31 from the foul line and hit three treys on the night.
BIC was led by Brittany Fowler who scored 14 points. Jenna Pike tallied nine, Taylor Owens and Cassidy Qualls contributed five points apiece while Emily Owens added three points. BIC hit nine of 18 foul shots and drained five three pointers.
Brittany Fowler was named the 2A-3 Shawn Tillery Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. Pictured with Fowler are Shawn's parents, Wayne and Debbie Tillery and Shawn's son.
(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
BIC advanced to the finals with a thrilling 45-44 triple overtime victory against Marmaduke Thursday night. The two teams battled to a 12-12 tie after the first period before BIC took a 22-20 edge into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Mustangs stretched their lead to 31-24 entering the final frame, but Marmaduke turned up the heat defensively, holding BIC to one point in the fourth quarter and tying the game 32-32 by the end of regulation. The score remained tied, 36-36 after the first overtime, and 42-42 after the second extra period.
Brittany Fowler finished with a game high 28 points to lead BIC. Jenna Pike scored nine, Cassidy Qualls netted three, Hayley Parker added two while Taylor Owens and Emily Owens added one point apiece.
Jessica Lee led Marmaduke with 14 points.
BIC placed three players on the All-Conference team, led by Shawn Tillery Most Valuable Player award winner Brittany Fowler. Senior Jenna Pike and sophomore Cassidy Qualls were also named to the 2A-3 All Conference team.