Buffalo Island Central came away with a pair of senior boys victories last week, defeating Marked Tree 63-58 in 2A-3 conference action before completing the sweep with a 48-30 non-conference win over Ridgefield Christian Friday night at Monette.
BIC, who improved to 13-6 overall 4-3 in league play, got 14 points apiece from James Tate, Daniel Davis and Brandon Lairsey in the Mustang's win over Marked Tree Tuesday night on the road. Dilynn Strickland tallied eight, Jeremy Smith and Josh McCormick netted six points apiece while Nick Bollinger added one point.
Allen Buchannen led Marked Tree with a game high 26 points while Darius Ivy had 15 and Thadious Moore added 10.
Josh McCormick scored 10 points while James Tate and Dilynn Strickland added eight points apiece in BIC's win over Ridgefield Christian Friday night.
In junior high action, BIC slipped past Marked Tree 44-42 behind Austin Pike's game high 22 point performance. Alan Carmichael scored eight points, Jerry Cazares tallied six while Erik Navarro, Trevor Couch, Ryan Austin and Tyler Parker all added two points apiece.
Terry Carter led Marked Tree with 15 points while DeAngelo Griffin added 10 more.
Marked Tree held an 11-10 edge after the first quarter before BIC rallied to tie the game at 22-22 by halftime. The Mustangs led 35-29 entering the final frame before the Indians rallied to tie the game 42-42 with seven seconds left. Marked Tree attempted a three pointer but misfired, and Johnathan Mondragon grabbed the rebound and threw a full-court pass to Cazares for the game winning lay-up.
BIC connected on four of seven foul shots while Marked Tree shot a miserable two for 12 from the line.
In junior boys action Friday night, Austin Pike scored 10 points to lead BIC past Ridgefield Christian 57-31. The victory upped BIC's overall record to 13-6.
In senior girls action, the Mustangs dropped their fourth consecutive game after opening the season with a 15 game winning streak, losing 42-38 to Nettleton at home Tuesday night after dropping a 66-63 decision Monday night at Marked Tree in a 2A-3 conference game. The loss to Marked Tree was BIC's first conference blemish of the year, leaving the Lady Mustang's with a 5-1 league mark, the same as Marked Tree.
Jay Perry recorded a double-double with 25 points and 11 boards to lead the Lady Indians, who also got 21 points from Poohnu Perry and 12 more from Quanny Perry.
BIC was led by Brittany Fowler who scored a game high 29 points. Emily Owens tallied 12, Hayley Parker netted eight, Kaylee Greathouse and Brittany Stockton contributed four points apiece while Cassidy Qualls and Callie Brooks pitched in three points each.
Marked Tree hit 16-26 free throws and drained eight treys on the night, while BIC hit 14-22 foul shots but connected on only one three.
BIC led 17-16 after the opening period before Marked Tree rallied to take a 36-34 edge at the half. The Lady Mustangs fought back to take a 51-49 lead entering the final frame before Marked Tree outscored BIC 17-12 in the final period to pull out the win.
In Tuesday night's game, Levi Belliew led Nettleton with a game high 16 points while Morgan Peterson added 11 more for the Lady Raiders. The game was close throughout with Nettleton leading 11-10 after one period of play and 20-19 at the half. The two teams were tied 30-30 after three quarters of play before Nettleton outscored BIC 12-8 in the final period to earn the win.
Brittany Fowler paced BIC with 14 points while Callie Brooks also hit double digits, scoring 12. Emily Owens tallied six, Kaylee Greathouse netted three, Hayley Parker chipped in two while Katelyn Sparkman added one point.
In junior high action, BIC rolled over Marked Tree 48-29 Monday night. Candice Hodge led BIC with a team high 12 points while Hannah Poe added 10 more. Megan Webster scored eight, Kelsey Strickland tallied six, Madison Greathouse and Blaire Wildy chipped in four points apiece while Karo Thomas and Bailey Owens added two points each.
Dez Reel led Marked Tree with 14 points.
BIC's senior boys will begin NEA Tournament play Wednesday, Dec. 21, as the number nine seed and will play eighth seeded Manila in a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.
The Lady Mustangs will enter the tournament as the number two seed and will play at 12:00 noon on Thursday, Dec. 22, against 15th seeded Tuckerman.