Lady Greyhounds run past BIC 69-41 to claim District title
Sidnee Bopp and Whitley Boggs combined for 42 points to lead the host Lady Greyhounds to a surprising 69-41 victory over Buffalo Island Central in the finals of the 2A-3 District Tournament Friday night at Marmaduke.
Bopp came off the bench and poured in a game high 25 points, but more importantly to her coach, did an excellent job defensively on co-league Most Valuable Player Brittany Fowler in the second half. Fowler, BIC's high scoring guard, poured in 15 of BIC's first 16 points of the game, and kept the Lady Mustangs within striking distance, trailing just 28-21 at the half.
"I told Sidnee at halftime to not let Brittany Fowler score," said Marmaduke Coach Rick Smith. "I told Sidnee I didn't care if she scored another point or not, as long as she held Fowler in check, and she did an excellent job," said Smith. From the second quarter on, Bopp held Fowler without a point until the BIC senior connected on a pair of free throws with 4:38 left in the game. Fowler added a late basket and finished the night with 19 points to lead the Lady Mustangs.
Marmaduke took a 15-7 lead after the first quarter, thanks to Whitley Boggs who drained a pair of three pointers. Boggs hit another trey to begin the second period, pushing the Lady Greyhound lead to 11. The two teams traded buckets before Fowler buried a three pointer and followed with back to back 15-foot jumpers to slice the lead to 20-16. Emily Owens' offensive stick-back whittled the Marmaduke lead to two before the Lady 'Hounds closed the half with an 8-2 run, capped off by Bopp's long three pointer to give Marmaduke a seven point halftime advantage.
Marmaduke opened up its lead in the third quarter as the Lady Greyhounds unleashed a barrage of three pointers, including three bombs by Bopp to take a 49-32 bulge into the final frame.
The Lady Greyhounds left no doubt of the final outcome, opening the fourth quarter with three consecutive triples, two more by Bopp and one by Boggs, to put the game on ice.
Marmaduke, which won the regular season title with a 16-0 mark, got 25 points from Bopp and 17 more from Whitley Boggs. Jessica Boggs added 11. Marmaduke finished 13-15 from the free throw line and drilled 14-32 three pointers on the night.
Joining Fowler in double figures for the Lady Mustangs was Cassidy Qualls, who finished with 11 points. Owens scored three, Rachel Goldammer, Shania Junyor and Ashley Field added two points apiece while Katelyn Sparkman and Taylor McKuin chipped in one point each. BIC connected on 14-21 free throws and made one three pointer.
Vs. Marked Tree
BIC reached the finals with a hard fought 54-52 victory Thursday night over Marked Tree in the semifinals. The Lady Mustangs took an 18-12 lead after the first quarter as Brittany Fowler scored 10 points in the early going, including three treys.
BIC built as much as a 12 point lead in the second quarter, but saw the Lady Indians fight back and cut the lead to 32-25 at the half.
Marked Tree continued its comeback in the third period, outscoring BIC 15-8 to pull even at 40-40 entering the final frame.
The Lady Indians grabbed the lead with 4:53 to play on a pair of Poohnu Perry free throws. Lexi Perry gave Marked Tree a four point advantage with 4:15 left, but BIC answered on a three point play by Emily Owens with 2:59 to go, slicing the Lady Indian lead to 50-49. Fowler slashed her way for a driving lay-up to put BIC back on top 51-50 at the 1:51 mark.
Brittany Stockton scored on an offensive stick-back with just over a minute to go to push the BIC lead to 53-50. Dezaree Reel scored on an inside move to chop the lead to 53-52 with just 49 seconds left. Marked Tree fouled Katelyn Sparkman at the 25 second mark, and the senior guard connected on the front end of the one and one, but missed the bonus, leaving the Lady Mustangs up 54-52.
Marked Tree misfired on their offensive end, but the ball went out of bounds off BIC, giving the Lady Indians one last chance with five seconds left. Marked Tree took a time out and set up their final play, but Reel's shot from inside the lane missed its mark, and Taylor McKuin secured the rebound as the Lady Mustangs hung on for the win.
Fowler led BIC with 23 points while Stockton finished with 10. Qualls scored nine, Owens tallied seven, Sparkman finished with three while Goldammer added two points. BIC connected on 17-21 foul shots and made four three pointers
Reel led Marked Tree with 16 points, Lexi Perry scored 12 while Jay Perry added 11. The Lady Indians hit just 13-27 free throws and finished with three treys.
Brittany Fowler, Cassidy Qualls and Emily Owens were all chosen to the All-Conference team. Fowler was named Co-Most Valuable Player, along with Marmaduke's Whitley Boggs. It marked the fourth consecutive season Fowler received All-Conference and league MVP honors.
BIC will begin regional tournament play as the number two seed. The Lady Mustangs will take on Salem Thursday at Sloan Hendrix. Game time is at 4 p.m.