HUGHES — It was one that got away from the Carlisle Lady Bison.
Hughes rallied from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to upend Carlisle 57-52 in the finals of the 2A-6 district tournament at Hughes High School on Saturday. The loss ended Carlisle’s 10-game winning streak and gave them the second seed in the Class 2A East Region tournament, being held this week at Bison Arena.
"One of our goals was to win the district championship and we couldn’t quite get it done," Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. "We turned the ball over too much against their pressure. We didn’t make some shots down at the end of the game that we would normally make."
Buffalo said his team played hard but Hughes has a tough environment.
"Hughes has a good basketball team," he said.
Carlisle led 41-28 following an 8-0 run with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Hughes cut the deficit to 43-35 heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Blue Devils made the score 45-40 following two free throws by Sharquese Johnson with 6:40 left.
Carlisle’s Breanna Young and Presley Carter each scored two points to push the lead to 49-40 with 6:02 left.
From there, Hughes scored 15 consecutive points to lead 55-49 with 1:19 left.
Carlisle (18-8) did not score again until Carter hit two free throws with 48.2 seconds left, cutting the deficit to 55-51.
Carter hit 1 of 2 free throws with 22.8 seconds left to pull the Lady Bison to within three at 55-52 but Hughes made 2 of 4 free throws in the final 20 seconds to secure the victory.
Young led Carlisle with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Faith Walker had 15 pints and 10 rebounds. Carter added nine point sand seven boards. Callie Hillman scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Maddie Harrison scored three points.
Brittney Chism led Hughes with 17 points. Kiahsa Richmond had 13.
Despite the loss, the Carlisle had plenty to play for when it takes on England in the first round of the regional tournament today at 7 p.m. at Bison Arena.
The winner will qualify for the Class 2A state tournament, which starts Tuesday at Marmaduke High School. The Lady Bison haven’t been to the state tournament since 2009.
England is the two-time defending state champions. Carlisle and England have combined to win four of the past six state titles.
"It’s a big game," Buffalo said. "It is two schools that have quickly turned it into a rivalry."
The two teams split two games, both played at Bison Arena this season. The Lady Bison won the first game 51-45 on Nov. 13. England won the rematch 49-45 on Dec. 29.
"It’s against a team we know we can play with," Buffalo said. "We’ve just got prepare in practice and come out ready to play."
Carlisle 68, Hazen 55
The Carlisle Lady Bison advanced to the finals of the district tournament with a 68-55 win over Hazen on Feb. 13.
The difference was the third quarter. The Lady Bison led 28-23 at halftime then outscored the Lady Hornets 22-9 in the third to take control of the game.
Breanna Young led Carlisle with 23 points. Faith Walker added 13. Callie Hillman scored nine. Sloane Henderson scored eight. Hannah Cooper and Maddie Harrison added six points each. Presley Carter scored four.
The Lady Bison will play England tonight at 7 o’clock in the first round of the Class 2A East Region tournament at Bison Arena.
If Carlisle wins, it will play the winner of Magnet Cove and Hazen on Friday at 7 p.m. The third-place game is Saturday at noon. The championship game is Saturday at 6 p.m.
If Carlisle beats England, it will play in the Class 2A state tournament at Marmaduke next week.
If the Lady Bison win the regional, they will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. If they are second, they will play Wednesday at 7 p.m. If they are third, they will play Wednesday at 4 p.m. If they are fourth, they will play Tuesday at 4 p.m.