DES ARC — The Carlisle Lady Bison broke open a close game in the second half, outscoring the Des Arc Lady Eagles 30-5 in the second half en route to a 53-22 win Friday.
Carlisle, the defending 2A-6 district tournament champion, is now 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said his team played better defense in the second half.
"I thought we did better when we switched out of the man and went to the 2-3 zone," Buffalo said. "We were able to block out and rebound and didn’t give up any second-chance points.
"Offensively, we shot the ball better in the second half."
The Lady Bison led 23-17 at halftime. Maddie Harrison started the second-half scoring with a three-pointer. Des Arc’s Daysha Williams then hit 1 of 2 free throws to make the score 26-19.
Carlisle scored the game’s next seven points to lead 33-18. Faith Walker hit a three-pointer and a short jumper sandwiched around a basket by Callie Hillman.
Williams broke the short run with a basket with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Lady Bison then went on an 18-0 run to lead 51-20 with 3:24 left in the game. The basket that forced the running clock was a three-pointer by Hannah Cooper.
Walker led Carlisle with 24 points. Sloane Henderson added seven. Hillman score six. Cooper and Harrison scored five points each. Presley Carter and Breanna Young added four points each.
Ashley Martin led Des Arc with eight points. Williams scored seven.
Buffalo said the win was the second step up a 14-step ladder as the Lady Bison are hoping to win their first conference title since 2009.
"We’ve got 12 more to go and it’s going to be a battle every night," Buffalo said. "It doesn’t matter who we play, especially on the road. When your goal is to win a conference championship, you’ve got to win them all at home and win the ones you are supposed to win on the road."
Buffalo said winning at Des Arc is big as it’s a tough place to play.
"They play hard and are a well-coached basketball team," Buffalo said of Des Arc and coach Justin Harris. "I thought we got to them towards the end of the third quarter. I could see we could do what we wanted offensively and they were a little rattled defensively.
"It’s a good win."