Lady Mustangs outlast Riverside in 57-55 overtime thriller
It took an overtime period before Buffalo Island Central finally subdued archrival Riverside 57-55 in senior girls basketball action Monday night at Lake City. The victory avenged an earlier season loss to the Lady Rebels and evened the season series between the two old foes at one apiece.
Taylor McKuin's offensive stick-back to begin overtime gave BIC a 55-53 lead before Riverside's Kenzley Wilson tied the score, sinking a pair of free throws with 2:50 left. Neither team managed to dent the scoreboard again until Wilson fouled Hannah Poe at the 13 second mark. Poe went to the foul line and calmly sank both ends of the one and one, giving the Lady Mustangs a 57-55 edge.
Riverside had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Ashlyn Snyder's three point shot missed the mark, allowing BIC to hang on for the win.
"Cidnie Brooks hit two three pointers for us in the fourth quarter that were absolutely huge," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "Hannah Poe stepped in there in the overtime, hitting two critical free throws. I thought we did a good job at the end, preventing Riverside from getting a second shot. We did a really good job on Chelsea Nichols tonight. I think we held her to just one field goal attempt. Pound for pound I think she's the best shooter around. Kenzley Wilson tried to take over in the second half and she just about did. Overall, I was very pleased with our effort, especially the way we played at the end. This was a big win. It's always a big game between these two teams."
BIC got off to a fast start when Megan Webster and Madison Greathouse banged home back to back three pointers, giving the Lady Mustangs a quick 6-0 lead. Riverside battled back and took a 9-8 edge on a short jumper in the lane by senior Anna Brickell late in the first quarter. Greathouse put BIC back on top by one before McKuin's inside bucket gave the Lady Mustangs a 12-9 advantage. Brickell pulled Riverside to within 12-11, but Karo Thomas completed a three point play to put BIC on top 15-11 after the first period.
The Lady Mustangs maintained their advantage throughout the second quarter and increased their lead to 28-20 at the 2:03 mark when Poe drained a three pointer from the top of the key. The Lady Rebels came right back with back to back treys from Skylar Kauke and Snyder to slice the BIC lead to 28-26 at the half.
Brickell's offensive rebound bucket tied the game early in the third quarter, and when Kauke completed a three point play at the 5:50 mark, Riverside led 33-30. McKuin knotted things up at 35 all with a three point play of her own, followed by a Thomas inside power move, putting the Lady Mustangs on top by two with 2:39 left in the period. Riverside rallied once again when Kauke buried another trey, followed by a driving lay-in by Wilson to give the Lady Rebels a 40-37 edge entering the final frame.
Wilson's 10-foot pull-up jumper to begin the fourth quarter gave Riverside its biggest lead of the night, 42-37. Poe answered for BIC with an eight-foot jumper, followed by a pair of free throws to trim the Riverside lead to one at the 6:25 mark. Wilson's reverse lay-up pushed the Lady Rebel advantage to three, but Poe drilled a three pointer to tie the game, 44-44, with 5:44 left.
Riverside gained the advantage on a Wilson bucket at the 3:00 mark, as the Lady Rebels grabbed a 49-47 lead, but Brooks buried a trey from the right corner to put BIC up 50-49. Riverside retaliated when Kauke nailed a three pointer, giving the Lady Rebels a two point lead, but Brooks struck again from beyond the three point arc to put BIC ahead 53-52 with 1:45 remaining in regulation.
Wilson was fouled with 1:30 left and went to the line to shoot the double bonus. The senior guard hit one of two free throws, tying the game, and setting up a wild finish. Both teams had trouble holding onto the ball during the final frantic sixty seconds of play, with both teams committing turnovers. The clock wound down inside the 10 second mark with the two teams still even on the scoreboard.
Riverside had the ball with three seconds to go, but turned it over to BIC, and the Lady Mustangs returned the favor with a turnover of their own at the 1.4 second mark, allowing the Lady Rebels one final chance at a game winning shot. Wilson's attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim, sending the game into overtime.
"We didn't execute and we didn't do the little things right," said Lady Rebel Coach Jeff Womack. "We didn't play well enough down the stretch to win. In our conference, it doesn't matter who you are playing. You'd better show up ready to play every night or you're going to go down. We had a lot of chances to win in the end and a lot of chances to win in the first quarter."
Poe topped BIC with 14 points, including an 8-8 performance from the foul line. McKuin finished with 11. Greathouse and Thomas tallied nine points apiece while Brooks closed with eight points. Webster and Kelsey Strickland chipped in three points each. The Lady Mustangs connected on 11-17 foul shots and hit eight three pointers.
Kauke led Riverside with 19 points while Wilson scored 18. Brickell contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Snyder had three while Catlyn Sailor pitched in two points. Riverside hit 9-12 free throws and drained six treys on the night.
In junior high action, Riverside handed BIC its first conference loss of the year, 44-33. Haven Robertson paced the Lady Rebels with a game high 19 points while Bailey Fisher added 11 more. Carson Smith scored six while Hattie Milligan and Brittney Sain chipped in four points apiece. Riverside made 6-14 charity tosses and drilled four three pointers.
Kayla Griffin led the Lady Mustangs with nine points. Curston Davis contributed seven, Heather Sipes scored six, Jona Carmichael had five while Molly Hart and Cadyn Qualls chipped in three points apiece. BIC finished 7-18 from the free throw line.
BIC held a slim 15-14 edge after the first quarter and took a 22-18 lead into the dressing room at intermission. Riverside rallied in the third period, outscoring BIC 15-5 to take a 33-27 advantage into the last stanza.
BIC (15-7, 7-4 2A-3) closed the week with a 75-39 victory over McCrory Thursday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette. Karo Thomas scored a career high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to pace the Lady Mustangs. Hannah Poe pitched in 14 while Taylor McKuin recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. Madison Greathouse dished out five assists.
Micaela West topped the Lady Jaguars with 17 points.
In junior high action, BIC (13-3, 9-1 2A-3) rolled past McCrory 50-35. Makayla Rogers pumped in 16 points and snared 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Mustangs. Heather Sipes scored 12 points and handed out six assists while Jona Carmichael pulled down 11 rebounds.
BIC will play host to Cross County Monday night and East Poinsett County Thursday night at the MAC in a pair of 2A-3 conference tilts.