Lady Mustangs advance to state tourney
Buffalo Island Central advanced to the championship game of the Class 2A Regional Tournament at Marmaduke with a hard fought 53-48 victory over Cotter in Friday night's semifinal action.
The Lady Mustangs took an 18-9 lead after the first quarter before watching the Lady Warriors battle back to pull within 24-20 by halftime. Cotter continued its comeback, outscoring BIC 17-8 in the third quarter, to take a 37-32 lead heading into the final period.
Cotter built its lead to 43-36 with 6:43 left in the game on a three pointer by Natalie White, but the Lady Mustangs answered the challenge. BIC put together 16-0 run over the next 6:14 to grab a 52-43 lead and secure the win.
The Lady Mustang rally began with an Emily Owens stick-back at the 6:16 mark. Back to back buckets by Hayley Parker and Kaylee Greathouse pulled BIC to within 43-42 with 4:36 left, before senior Jenna Pike drilled a three pointer at the 3:09 mark to give the Lady Mustangs the lead for good, 45-43.
Brittany Fowler led BIC with 16 points while Pike also hit double digits, scoring 13. Cassidy Qualls scored six, Hayley Parker, Kaylee Greathouse and Jenna Walker all added four points apiece while Emily Owens, Taylor Owens and Brittany Stockton pitched in two points each.
Haley Stinnent paced the Lady Warriors with a game high 18 points.
The Lady Mustangs advanced to the semifinals with a 73-50 rout of Pangburn Thursday night.
BIC led 22-14 after the opening quarter and took a 42-31 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Mustangs stretched their advantage to 59-40 entering the final frame.
Jenna Pike had a huge night for the Lady Mustangs, pouring in a game high 27 points, including four three pointers. Kaylee Greathouse scored 12 points while Brittany Fowler and Hayley Parker added 10 points apiece as BIC placed four players in double figures. Cassidy Qualls tallied seven, Katelyn Sparkman contributed four, Jenna Walker added two while Emily Owens pitched in one point to round out the Lady Mustang scoring attack.
BIC finished the night nine of 16 from the foul line and drilled six three pointers. A smothering Lady Mustang defense forced the Lady Tigers into 26 turnovers on the night.
Shianna Moiser drilled five three pointers in leading Pangburn with a team high 17 points. Ryleigh Holmes scored 14 while Windy Watts added 11. Pangburn finished the night with seven treys while connecting on 17-23 foul shots.
"It's great to be going to the state tournament again, especially when you are hosting it," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "I was very proud of our effort tonight. We had a very balanced scoring attack. I think we showed that we are not just a two dimensional team. Kaylee Greathouse and Hayley Parker both had very good offensive nights. It was just a great night for our team.We shot the three pointer well and played very good defense."