Lady Mustangs take second in regional tournament
Buffalo Island Central couldn't find an answer for the Marmaduke three-point barrage falling behind 38-15 after one quarter of play. The Lady Mustangs were unable to make the deficit as they fell 81-61 in the 2A Region North tournament held in Monette.
Marmaduke opened the game with a 12-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Madison Price was good on a pair of baskets around a Shelby Blackburn three-pointer to make it 7-0 Lady Greyhounds. Cally Burgess got a jumper in the lane to fall and Blackburn added another three-ball to make it 12-0 Marmaduke. Hannah Poe got inside for a basket to get BIC on board making it 12-2 Lady Greyhounds. Blackburn canned back to back three-pointers to stretch the Marmaduke lead to 18-2. Bailey Owens' jumper made it 18-4 before Allison Hampton hit a baseline jumper and Sidnee Bopp drilled a three-pointer to make the score 23-4 Marmaduke. Poe drained a three-pointer making it 23-7 only to see Kelsey McCoy covert an old-school three-point play, Bopp get a steal and layup followed by a McCoy inside basket from the Lady Greyhounds making it 30-7.
Poe hit two free throws for the Lady Mustangs making it 30-9 as Marmaduke got a three-pointer from Abby Meredith, an old-fashion three-point play from Price and an inside basket from McCoy to push the Lady Greyhounds lead to 38-9. Owens netted back to back three-pointers for BIC to make it 38-15 after one.
The second quarter was a back and forth scoring affair between the teams. Owens hit two free throws for BIC and Bopp connected on a three-ball for Marmaduke to make it 41-17. Poe canned a three-pointer for the Lady Mustangs and Burgess hit one of two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds to make the score 42-20. Madison Newlin hit one of two free throws for BIC and Price and McCoy hit back to back shots for Marmaduke before BIC got two free throws each from Blaire Wildy and Heather Sipes and back to back inside buckets from Wildy to make it 46-29 Lady Greyhounds. Bopp hit a three-pointer and jumper for Marmaduke around a jumper from BIC's Wildy to make it 51-31 Lady Greyhounds at the break.
Madison Greathouse and Owens each hit two free throws each to start the third quarter making it 51-35 Marmaduke. Meredith was good on one of two free throws and Bopp had a steal and layup to push the lead back to 54-35. Wildy's free throw and inside basket along with Owens' two free throws cut the lead to 54-40 with just over four minutes left in the third. Marmaduke answered with a free throw from Price and a three-pointer from McCoy to make the score 58-40 Lady Greyhounds. Owens hit two free throws and Sipes was good on one of two to make it 58-43. Meredith converted a three-point play making it 61-43. Sipes got inside to score for BIC, McCoy hit a jumper for Marmaduke and Poe was good on two free throws for the Lady Mustangs to make it 63-47 Lady Greyhounds at the end of three.
Sipes made it 63-49 with a score early in the fourth quarter only to see Marmaduke get a free throw from Jordan Mays and two free throws from Hampton making it 66-49 Lady Greyhounds. Poe hit a jumper for BIC followed by two free throws from Mays and an inside basket from Hampton to give Marmaduke a 70-51 lead. Sipes hit a jumper and Greathouse canned a three-ball around a free throw from McCoy making it 71-56. Mays scored inside before Meredith, Mays and McCoy each hit two free throws each to make the score 79-56 Lady Greyhounds. Sipes hit two free throws and hit a jumper in the lane along with a free throw from Molly Hart to make it 79-61 Marmaduke. Whitney Bishop scored the game's final points with a jumper for the Lady Greyhounds setting the final at 81-61 Marmaduke.
Poe led BIC with 17 points followed by Owens and Sipes with 13 points and Wildy finished with 11 points.
"Marmaduke came out shooting lights out hitting 15 of 20 shots in the first quarter. When your post player steps out and goes four for four from the three-point line, it's hard to defend, BIC head coach Justin Yates said after the game. "Our kids never gave up and we outscored them (Marmaduke) 46-43 the rest of the way. I like the way my kids are playing right now and I hope we can take that energy and momentum into the state playoffs," Yates added.
BIC vs. Tuckerman
The Lady Mustangs punched their ticket to the 2A State Tournament, knocking off the number one seeded 2A-2 Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs 55-38 Wednesday afternoon.
BIC grabbed a 16-9 lead after the opening period, thanks to four three pointers, two each by Bailey Owens and Hannah Poe. The Lady Mustangs clung to a 23-19 halftime advantage despite a 7-0 Tuckerman run before intermission.
BIC opened the third quarter banging home three consecutive treys and held a 40-31 lead heading into the final frame. The Lady Mustangs salted the game away, connecting on 11-15 foul shots in the fourth period to earn their trip to this week's state tournament.
Poe led BIC with 17 points while Madison Greathouse added 12. Owens scored 11, Blaire Wildy tallied seven, Megan Webster contributed five while Ashley Field chipped in three points. BIC finished 13-18 from the foul line and drained eight three pointers on the night.
Hannah Dilday topped Tuckerman with 15 points.
BIC advanced to the finals Friday night with a 62-32 rout over East Poinsett County. The Lady Mustangs began the contest nailing three straight triples to take a 9-5 lead. BIC held an 18-13 advantage after the first period and stretched their lead to 34-21 at the half. The Lady Mustangs continued to widen their margin, holding a 47-30 bulge after three periods of play.
Owens led BIC with 21 points while Greathouse and Poe added 18 and 10 respectively. Webster tallied five, Wildy had four while Field and Madison Nowlin chipped in two points apiece.
Alyson Phillips led the Lady Warriors with 15 points while Jaleigha Garrett added 10. Synteria Ward tallied five and Christian Hinson pitched in two.
BIC will open state tournament play Thursday afternoon in Pangburn. Tipoff is set for 4:00.