Lady Mustangs rally past EPC 54-50

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In a prelude to their first round NEA Tournament matchup Tuesday at First National Bank Arena, Buffalo Island Central slipped past East Poinsett County 54-50 in senior girls basketball action Monday night at Lepanto.

The Lady Warriors led 9-8 after the first quarter before BIC rallied to take a 25-20 edge into the dressing room at intermission. EPC fought back and grabbed a 40-37 lead entering the final frame, but the Lady Mustangs put together one final rally to pull out the win.

BIC placed three players in double figures, led by Heather Sipesí 16-point performance. Sipes added 11 rebounds and dished out six assists to go along with four steals. Molly Hart tallied 14 , seven rebounds and five steals, while Haddydn Hurst dropped in 12 points. Vicky Esparza contributed six, Morgan James netted four while Holly Stockton added two points. The Lady Mustangs went to the foul line 33 times and made good on 17 foul shots.

Makiya Ward topped the Lady Warriors with 16 points. EPC downed 3-7 foul shots.

In junior high action, EPC defeated BIC 32-17. Laci Dewitt topped BIC with seven points, Emily Davis scored five, Lexi Riley tallied four while Kaydence Lambert chipped in one point.

BIC crushed KIPP Blytheville 88-12 Thursday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex. The Lady Mustangs held an astonishing 37-1 lead after the first period. BIC took a 57-4 advantage into the dressing room at the half and led 76-10 after three periods of play.

Sipes led five Lady Mustangs in double figures with a game high 20 points. Harley Miller scored 19 while Esparza, Stockton and Jealynn Cates added 10 points apiece. James netted seven, Hart tallied six while Lambert and Hurst chipped in three points apiece.

In the junior high game, BIC routed KIPP 38-8. Krystyn Hawkins led the Lady Mustangs with eight points, Riley scored seven, Dewitt had six, Davis tallied five while Mason Hastings and Haley Milligan netted four points apiece. Cason Rose contributed three while Lambert added one point.

BIC will return to action Tuesday at noon in the first round of the NEA Tournament against EPC.

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