Brittany Fowler sank the game tying and go-ahead free throws with seven seconds remaining to lift Buffalo Island Central to a come-from-behind 78-77 victory over East Poinsett County in a key 2A-3 conference game Thursday night at Lepanto.
EPC, who led by as many as 17 points in the first half, took a 44-31 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Mustangs rallied in the third quarter, outscoring EPC 20-11 to pull to within 55-51 entering the final frame.
The Lady Warriors took a 72-69 edge late in the game before Fowler drained a three pointer with 1:00 left. Callie Brooks came up with a steal on the ensuing possession and was fouled. Brooks calmly sank both foul shots to give the Lady Mustangs a 74-72 lead with 44 seconds left.
The Lady Warriors came right back when Teria Young drilled a trey with 35 seconds left to put EPC up by one, 75-74. The game continued to see-saw when Fowler popped a 15-footer at the 28 second mark, giving BIC a 76-75 advantage.
Young put EPC back on top with a pair of free throws with 13.6 seconds to go, before Fowler's two foul shots gave BIC the win. Young had a chance to pull out the victory for the Lady Warriors, but her 12-footer before the buzzer rimmed out.
Fowler led BIC with 30 points, including a perfect 11-11 performance from the foul line. Brooks added 18 points while Emily Owens pitched in 12 for BIC (24-5, 10-1 2A-3).
Brittany Ball scored 25 points to lead EPC (14-7, 9-4 2A-3). Whitney Ball tallied 17, Terrika Madden netted 13 while Young added 10.
BIC remained perfect in conference play, winning the junior high contest 53-23. The victory pushes the junior Mustang record to 19-2 overall and 11-0 in league play.
BIC began the week with a 59-33 thrashing of Cross County Monday night at Monette. Brittany Stockton led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points while Rachel Goldammer added 10 boards. Kaylee Greathouse pitched in seven assists.
Katie Martin led the Lady Thunderbirds with 12 points.
In the junior high game, BIC placed 12 different players in the scoring column, as they rolled to a 41-26 victory over the Lady Thunderbirds.
BIC will return to the hard court when they play host to second place Marmaduke Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex. The Lady Mustangs will close out the week when they host Marked Tree Thursday night at home.