BIC boys, Riverside girls advance to finals of 2A-3 Junior High District Tourney
Abraham Lopez buried seven three pointers and finished with 23 points to power Buffalo island Central to a 46-30 victory over Earle in the semifinals of the 2A-3 Junior High District Tournament Thursday night at Rector.
Lopez started the game with back to back treys before finishing off the opening quarter with another triple to give BIC an 11-6 lead after the first break. The eighth grade guard began the second period with his fourth and fifth treys of the opening half to help the Mustangs to a 17-10 lead. Earle fought back, slicing the BIC lead to 19-17 when Darius Cisero and Tyreese Elmore came up with back to back steals and layups for the Bulldogs. Canon Walling closed the first half with a long three pointer of his own, giving the Mustangs a 22-17 halftime advantage.
Earle charged out of the gate in the third quarter and closed to within 24-23, thanks to back to back buckets from LeAndrew Milow and Elmore at the 4:45 mark. Andrew McFarlin answered for the Mustangs with a five-foot turnaround jumper, followed by a Lopez steal and layup, giving BIC a 28-23 lead.
A technical foul on Cisero sent McFarlin to the line where the freshman all-conference performer sank a pair of free throws, extending the Mustang lead to seven. Chayse Carmichael closed out the quarter with a three pointer, giving BIC a 35-27 advantage heading into the final frame.
Lopez struck again to start the final quarter, knocking down consecutive triples, increasing the Mustang lead to double digits, 41-30. BIC tightened its defense, holding the Bulldogs scoreless over the last 4:22 of the contest, sealing the victory.
McFarlin joined Lopez in double figures with 12 points. Walling had six while Carmichael added five. Cisero and Elmore led Earle with 11 and nine points respectively.
In junior girls action, Riverside held off Marmaduke 39-29 to advance to the tournament finals. The Lady Rebels held a 10-3 lead after the opening period and took a 19-11 advantage into the half. Marmaduke fought back in the third quarter and pulled to within 25-24 at the 1:47 mark, before Briley Douglas and Brittney Sain connected on back to back buckets to give Riverside a 29-24 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Sain began the final stanza with a three point play to put the Lady Rebels up by eight. A Mamarduke basket closed the gap to six, but Riverside answered with an offensive stick-back by Douglas and a three pointer by Bailey Fisher to put the game out of reach.
Sain topped Riverside with 14 points while Fisher added 10. Riverside improved to 24-6 with the win.
Earle defeated BIC 43-25 to join the Lady Rebels in the finals. Rochella Scott pumped in a game high 20 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
Holly Stockton paced BIC with 12 points. Heather Sipes scored five, Molly Hart had four while Cadyn Qualls and Haddyn Hurst chipped in two points apiece.