Lady Mustangs cool off Marked Tree 49-33

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Marked Tree rolled into Monette fresh off a pair of big wins over Marmaduke and Riverside, looking to extend their recent hot streak. But the Lady Mustangs wielded a hot hand offensively, and coupled with a tightly packed zone defense, frustrated Marked Tree from the outset. The result was a surprisingly easy 49-33 victory over the Lady Indians Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex.

BIC's Blaire Wildy eyes the basket as she prepares to shoot a free throw in senior girls basketball action against Marked Tree. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

Madison Greathouse ripped a three pointer to begin the game. Marked Tree's Lexi Perry gave the Lady Indians a momentary 4-3 edge, but BIC senior Karoline Thomas answered with a 12-foot fade away jumper at the 3:21 mark, giving the Lady Mustangs the lead for good, 5-4. Hannah Poe drained BIC's second trey of the quarter moments later, and when Thomas finished off the period with the Mustangs' third triple, BIC held a 13-8 lead after the first break. Perry kept the Lady Indians within striking distance, scoring seven points while grabbing eight boards during the opening stanza.

BIC extended its lead in the second quarter, going on a 13-2 run to grab a 26-11 advantage with 3:22 left in the half. The Lady Mustang spurt included another Poe trey, plus baskets by Greathouse, Blaire Wildy and Thomas. Perry's offensive stick-back with just over a minute before intermission set the halftime score at 26-13.

BIC put the game away in the third period, outscoring Marked Tree 21-13 to take a commanding 47-26 advantage into the fourth quarter. The Lady Mustangs drilled three more treys in the third period, two by Poe and another by Greathouse to keep Marked Tree at bay.

BIC ran off the final 5:46 of the clock to improve their record to 10-4 overall and 3-3 in 2A-3 conference play.

The Lady Mustangs placed three players in double digits, led by Greathouse, who scored 14. Thomas had 13 while Poe chipped in 12 points while dishing out six assists. Wildy finished with six points while Bailey Owens added four. BIC connected on all four free throw attempts while canning seven three pointers on the night.

Marked Tree got double-doubles from both Perry and Tullia Tull. Perry scored 15 points and snared 14 rebounds while Tull netted 10 points and claimed 12 boards. The Lady Indians hit 11-17 foul shots but failed to make a three pointer.

In junior high action, Marked Tree slipped past BIC 27-23. The two teams were tied 7-7 after the opening quarter before BIC took an 18-15 halftime edge. The Lady Mustangs led 21-19 entering the final frame before Marked Tree rallied, outscoring BIC 8-2 in the final period to pull out the victory.

Jayla Carter led Marked Tree with nine while C.J. Barnes added eight points. Heather Sipes topped the Lady Mustangs with a game high 12 points while coming away with seven steals. Molly Hart scored four, Haddyn Hurst tallied three while Brianna Lambert and Morgan James added two points apiece.

BIC traveled to Pangburn to participate in the Pangburn Classic Friday night and fell to Rose Bud 81-70. The Lady Mustangs enjoyed a five point lead heading into the final period but couldn't hang on, as Rose Bud rallied to take the win.

BIC (10-5) was led by Karoline Thomas' 22 point performance. Bailey Owens had a big night, scoring 17 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Hannah Poe scored 14 while Blaire Wildy chipped in with 11 points.

The Lady Mustangs will return to action in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27. The third seeded Lady Mustangs will take on the winner of sixth seeded Sloan Hendrix and 11th seeded Cross County.

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