Adcock's buzzer beater lifts Lady Lions past BIC 42-39

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Manila's Sydney Adcock is congratulated by teammate Madison Bibbs after hitting the game winning shot against BIC.

Manila’s Sydney Adcock knocked down a 20-footer from beyond the three-point arc just as the horn sounded to lift the Lady Lions to a stunning 42-39 come from behind victory over Buffalo Island Central in senior girls basketball action Friday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.

The Lady Lions trailed throughout most of the game, taking their first lead when Adcock banged home the game winner. The first quarter was closely contested, with the two squads tied on three different occasions. Jealynn Cates put in an offensive rebound at the 36 second mark to give the Lady Mustangs a 13-11 edge after the opening period.

Both teams struggled to score in the second stanza. Madison Bibbs evened the game at 13-all on a 15-foot jumper, but BIC would score the next seven points to take a 20-13 advantage late in the quarter. Meg Gifford’s three point play pulled Manila to within 20-16 at intermission.

Manila's Meg Gifford dribbles down court Friday night in senior girls basketball action at Monette.  Gifford led the Lady Lions past BIC, scoring 12 points.

BIC got hot from beyond the three point arc in the third quarter, draining four consecutive triples to go ahead by 14 points, 34-20, with 2:59 remaining in the period. The two teams traded baskets before Adcock and Jill Helton scored back to back buckets off BIC turnovers, closing the gap to 36-26 heading into the final frame.

The fourth quarter belonged to Manila, who used their full court press, forcing the Lady Mustangs into eight turnovers in the final 8:00. Gifford began the Lady Lion comeback with a pair of free throws. Helton scored on a driving lay-in before Brailey Hampton followed with a three pointer from beyond the top of the key. Presley Pierce’s offensive stick-back at the 3:36 mark completed a 13-0 Manila run and pulled the Lady Lions to within 36-35. Cates scored BIC’s only points of the final period on a three-point play with 3:05 remaining to stop the Lady Lion run and push the Lady Mustang lead to 39-35.

Bibbs answered with 2:54 left on a three pointer of her own, cutting the gap to 39-38. Pierce was fouled at the 1:52 mark and sank 1-2 foul shots, tying the score at 39-39. A Lady Mustang turnover gave the ball back to Manila, who set up for the last shot. As the clock ticked down, Adcock gained just enough space to launch the game winner as the horn sounded, giving the Lady Lions the victory.

BIC's Jealynn Cates pulls down a rebound Friday night at Monette.  Cates produced a double-double for the Lady Mustangs with 13 points and 10 rebounds. 

“I thought our pressure defense and the full court press really paid off for us in the fourth quarter,” said Manila coach Sammi Fowler Morphis. “I was really proud of how the girls never quit and how they fought back. BIC had a great game, especially being without Heather Sipes and with Haddyn Hurst getting hurt during the game. I thought they played phenomenal.”

Gifford paced the Lady Lions with 12 points while Bibbs also hit double digits, scoring 11. Adcock netted seven, Hampton scored five, Helton tallied four while Pierce finished with three points. Manila made 7-16 charity tosses and drained five treys.

Cates put together a double-double for the Lady Mustangs, scoring 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Brianna Lambert had nine, Haddyn Hurst and Vicky Esparza tallied six points apiece while Morgan James chipped in five points. BIC dropped in 6-11 free throws and knocked down five three pointers.

BIC Coach Justin Yates discusses strategy with his Lady Mustangs Friday night.

In the junior high game, Manila downed BIC 31-19. Madison Hitchcock scored a game high 13 points to lead the Lady Lions. Olivia May tallied six while Anna Grace Adams, Ashten Wallace and Sadie McDonald all pitched in four points apiece.

Laci Dewitt topped BIC with eight points. Lexi Riley scored six, Mason Hastings and Olivia Manning contributed two points each while Chareigan Davis added one point.

Manila closes their home schedule Tuesday night against Gosnell before finishing the regular season with a road trip Friday to Westside.

The Lady Mustangs are off until District Tournament, which begins Saturday, Feb. 10, at East Poinsett County in Lepanto.

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