EPC knocks BIC boys from top of 2A-3 Conference standings; Lady Mustangs secure two conference wins
East Poinsett County pulled away from Buffalo Island Central in the second half to post a 66-46 victory, knocking the Mustangs from atop the 2A-3 conference standings Friday night at Lepanto.
BIC and Earle entered the night with just one conference loss apiece, but Friday night's defeat, coupled with Earle's 71-56 victory over Riverside, puts the Bulldogs in first place entering the last two weeks of the conference race.
BIC and EPC battled to a 13-13 draw after the first quarter before the Warriors slipped ahead 29-28 at the half. EPC stretched its lead to 48-40 after three periods of play and outscored the Mustangs 18-6 in the final frame to secure the win.
The red hot Warriors improved to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in league play. Aaron Scales topped EPC with 19 points. Xzavier Reed scored 18 while Clay Malone chipped in 11.
Austin Pike led BIC (14-7, 10-2 2A-3) with 12 points while Cory Turner added 10 more.
BIC claimed the junior high contest with a 58-40 victory over the Warriors.
BIC began the week with a 50-47 come from behind win Tuesday night at Cross County. The Mustangs trailed by five entering the fourth quarter, but rallied, hitting 12-16 free throws during the last period to pull out the victory. The Thunderbirds had a chance to send the game into overtime, but misfired on a three point attempt at the buzzer.
Austin Pike and Alan Carmichael led BIC's scoring attack with 16 points apiece.
Jeremiah Patterson paced the Thunderbirds with 11 points while Austin Phelan added 10.
BIC won the junior high game 51-14.
The Mustangs return to action Tuesday night when they play host to Marmaduke before traveling to Marked Tree Friday night.
The Lady Mustangs picked up a pair of road wins, defeating Cross County 65-30 Monday night at Cherry Valley before following up with a 56-36 win Thursday night over East Poinsett County at Lepanto.
Megan Webster pumped in 14 points in BIC's win at Cross County. Madison Greathouse scored 12 points and dished out six assists while Karoline Thomas chipped in 10 points while grabbing six rebounds.
Terra King led Cross County with 15 points.
BIC broke open a close game with a strong second half to take the junior high matchup, 50-32. Molly Hart had a big night, scoring 17 points and handing out five assists while coming away with four steals. Heather Sipes poured in 15 points and had four assists while Haddyn Hurst pitched in 10 points.
Bri Wright scored a game high 19 points to lead Cross County.
Hannah Poe's 19 points and seven rebounds led BIC past EPC. BIC (17-7, 7-4 2A-3) also got 12 points from Karoline Thomas.
Synteria Ward led the Lady Warriors with 17 while Christian Henson added 10.
EPC took the junior high game 30-24 over BIC, who fell to 10-10 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
The Lady Mustangs host league leading Marmaduke Monday night. BIC will take to the road Thursday night to do battle with Marked Tree.