BIC downs EPC 53-47 before dropping first two games of season in McDonald's shootout
East Poinsett County led throughout most of the first three and one half quarters before Buffalo Island Central rallied in the final frame to pull out a 53-47 victory over the Lady Warriors Monday night in a key 2A-3 conference battle at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.
EPC held a slim 13-11 edge after the opening period and took a 27-25 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Mustangs stayed in the game thanks to five first half three pointers, including three by Kaylee Greathouse, who finished the night with 13 points.
The Lady Warriors held their lead throughout the third period, taking a 38-36 advantage into the final quarter. But BIC began their winning rally, sparked by a three point play from junior Cassidy Qualls at the 6:14 mark that cut the EPC lead to 42-41. The Lady Mustangs gained the lead on a lay-up by Greathouse with 5:28 to go, 43-42. A pair of free throws by Brittany Fowler, who led BIC with a game high 17 points, pushed the Lady Mustang lead to three points with 4:46 remaining.
EPC fought back, tying the score 46-46 with 3:18 left in the game, but the Lady Mustangs took the lead for good on a three pointer by senior transfer Callie Brooks at the 2:16 mark, giving BIC a 49-46 advantage. Greathouse and Qualls both hit two free throws apiece in the waning seconds to seal the win.
Joining Fowler and Greathouse in double digit scoring for BIC was Qualls who netted 11 points. Brooks tallied six points, Brittany Stockton scored three, Emily Owens contrbiuted two while Hayley Parker added one point.
Terrika Madden led EPC with 14 points while Brittany Ball chipped in 11. BIC (13-0, 5-0 2A-3) won the game at the foul line, hitting 18-21 foul shots compared to EPC's 16-29 performance. The Lady Mustangs also drilled eight three pointers versus just one for the Lady Warriors.
BIC also took the junior girls game with a 54-24 victory. Kelsey Strickland and Hannah Poe led the Lady Mustangs with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Lady Mustangs also participated in the McDonald's Shootout at Paragould. BIC began the tournament Thursday night with a 49-45 victory over Poplar Bluff, Missouri, behind Fowler's game high 18 points. Parker also notched double digits, scoring 14 more.
BIC lost their first game of the season, 52-42, to defending Shootout Champion Little Rock Central Friday night. Fowler recorded a double-double, netting 16 points while snaring 15 rebounds. Brooks and Owens scored nine points apiece. BIC held a 24-21 edge at the half before the Lady Tigers rallied to advance to the finals. Taylor Lewis led Central with 16 points while Jamie Ruffin added 11 more to pace the Lady Tigers.
BIC closed the tournament, dropping the third place game 56-48 to conference rival Marmaduke on Saturday afternoon.The Lady Greyhounds led 11-5 after the opening quarter and 19-15 at the half. Marmaduke built their lead to 30-19 midway through the third period and took a 36-27 advantage into the final period of play.
BIC mustered a late rally when Marmaduke struggled from the foul line, going only four of 10 in the final 5:33, allowing the Lady Mustangs to cut the lead to 47-43 with less than 1:00 to play, but that was as close as BIC could get.
Whitley Boggs led Marmaduke with 19 points while Jessica Lee added 12 more. Fowler led the Lady Mustangs with 24 points. The loss drops BIC's overall record to 15-2 on the year.
BIC will return to action Monday night when they travel to Marked Tree before hosting Nettleton Tuesday night in non-conference play.