Big fourth quarter propels Lady Mustangs past Manila
Buffalo Island Central went on a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter, breaking open a two-point game, and the Lady Mustangs went on to hand Manila a 55-42 defeat in senior girls basketball action Friday night at Lion Gym.
The Lady Mustangs held a slim 38-36 edge heading into the final frame. Molly Hart ignited BIC's scoring surge with an inside bucket to push the Lady Mustang lead to four. Hart combined with Heather Sipes to hit three of four foul shots over the next minute, pushing the BIC lead to 43-36 at the 5:04 mark. Madison Nowlin and Holly Stockton scored on back to back trips down the court as the Lady Mustangs increased their advantage to double figures, 47-36, with 3:59 to play.
Nowlin's long three-pointer at the 2:32 mark upped BIC's advantage to 50-36. Nowlin added another basket, followed by a Sipes triple to cap off BIC's 17-0 scoring spree which gave the Lady Mustangs a 55-36 bulge with 1:17 showing on the clock.
Manila finally broke their offensive drought when Kaitlyn Adams dropped in a 10-footer, but the damage had already been done.
The two rivals battled to a 14-14 draw after the opening quarter. Manila jumped to a quick 6-0 lead, thanks to back to back treys from Hannah Teague. But Sipes scored eight straight for BIC, helping the Lady Mustangs go ahead, 8-7. Haddyn Hurst broke an 11-11 tie with a three pointer, but Teague answered with her third triple of the quarter, tying the game.
Teague put Manila on top with another three-pointer to begin the second stanza, but eight straight points from Hart helped BIC take a 27-24 halftime advantage.
BIC threatened to pull away in the third period, but Teague kept the Lady Lions close, draining two more treys as the quarter ended with the Lady Mustangs holding a precarious two-point edge.
Hart finished with a game high 18 points to pace BIC while Sipes added a double-double, scoring 15 points while grabbing 13 boards. Nowlin also hit double figures, scoring 10 points. Hurst netted six while Jona Carmichael and Holly Stockton added three points apiece. The Lady Mustangs connected on 13-20 foul shots and banged home four three pointers.
Teague finished the night with five three pointers and 15 points. Adams and Jordan Tyler had six points apiece, Presley Pierce netted five, Hannah McQueen had four while Sydney Adcock, Madison Bibbs and Mikayla Massey pitched in two points each. The Lady Lions struggled from the charity stripe, hitting just 4-12 attempts. Manila finished with six three pointers.
"We didn't shoot very well and credit goes to Manila and their defense," said BIC Coach Justin Yates. "I challenged the kids after the first quarter to attack the basket hard, and Molly responded with probably her best game of the year. She was relentless driving to the basket, and either scored, got fouled or handed out an assist. We felt like if we could keep the pressure on both ends of the floor that our conditioning and depth would take over in the fourth quarter, and it did."
ln junior high action, Manila bounced BIC 42-13. Brailey Hampton poured in a game high 20 to lead the Lady Lions. Anna Grace Adams scored seven, Anna Beth Baugher netted six, Vivian Pryor tallied five while Kaitlyn Weather and Jasmine Lozano added two points apiece. Manila went to the foul stripe 22 times, connecting on 15.
Vicky Esparza paced BIC with four points. Haley Milligan and Lexi Riley scored three points each, Emma Graddy tallied two while Hannah Carle chipped in one point. BIC was 2-9 from the foul line.
Manila vs. Rivercrest
Manila began the week with a 64-54 conference victory over Rivercrest Monday night at Lion Gym. The Lady Colts led throughout most of the game, holding a 14-6 advantage after the first quarter and a 26-22 lead at the half. Manila pulled to within 43-42 heading into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Colts 21-12 in the final period to rally past the Lady Colts.
Teague led Manila with 15 points while Madison Bibbs drilled four treys and finished with 14. Adcock scored 11, Tyler and McQueen contributed seven each while Pierce and Courtney Merritt chipped in five points apiece. Manila connected on 22-35 free throws and canned 10 three pointers.
Sydney Lame scored a game high 20 points to lead the Lady Colts while DeDe Williams added 13. Rivercrest hit just 11-23 free throws and made one three-pointer.
In the junior high game, Rivercrest defeated Manila 45-35. Ty Coleman led the Lady Colts with 11 points. Hampton scored a game high 15 to top the Lady Lions while Adams had 10. Pryor dropped in four while Wilkins and Baugher added three points each.
The Lady Lions close out the regular season with a pair of home games this week. Manila will take on Gosnell Monday night before ending the week Friday night against Westside's Lady Warriors.
BIC vs. Marked Tree
BIC battered Marked Tree 51-16 Monday night at Monette. Hurst buried six three pointers and finished with a game high 21 points to lead the Lady Mustangs.
Marked Tree took the junior high contest 27-18 behind Makayla Marshall's 13 points. Hannah Carle led BIC with six points.