The Carlisle Lady Bison shook off a slow start to beat Palestine-Wheatley 50-16 on Tuesday night at Bison Arena in the regular-season finale.
With the win, Carlisle clinches at least a tie with Brinkley for the 2A-6 conference title at 13-1. As of press time, the Lady Tigers still had games to play. The Lady Bison are 17-8 overall
"We will get the 2 seed (unless Brinkley drops a game)," Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. "It’s not ideal. We’re automatically in the regional tournament. We’ve got a share of the conference championship."
More than likely, Carlisle will be the second seed in the district tournament and not play until Friday, Feb. 21, in the semifinals at Clarendon.
"We don’t know who we are going to play but it’s always good to win on senior night," Buffalo said. "I told the girls before the game that we’re hosting the regional tournament but this is the last time you are going to take the floor in a home game. Enjoy it."
Carlisle got off to a slow start. After Morgan Walter hit a three-pointer, Palestine-Wheatley’s Breanna Warren hit 1 of 2 free throws to make the score 3-1. Carlisle then score six in a — two each by Bre’Ana Young and Walter and free throws by Faith Walker and Presley Carter — to lead 9-1.
Palestine-Wheatley’s Emily Thweatt hit a jumper to make the score 9-3.
From there, the Lady Bison reeled off 23 consecutive points to lead 32-3 at halftime.
The Lady Bison then outscored the Lady Patriots 18-13 in the second half.
Walker led the Lady Bison with 16 points. Carter had seven. Walter, Young and Sloane Henderson had five points each. Peyton Hitchings and Kayla Golleher added four apiece. Scoring two each were Ashley Staton and Star Tarter.
Bethany Thweatt led Palestine-Wheatley with five points.
Lady Bison 54, Hughes 35
For the first time since Carlisle and Hughes have been in the same conference, the Lady Bison beat the Lady Blue Devils at Hughes.
Carlisle jumped out to a 15-6 lead after one quarter en route to a 54-35 win.
Faith Walker led Carlisle with 30 points. Bre’Ana Young had 15. Sloane Henderson had five. Presley Carter scored four while Kayla Golleher had two.
Junior Lady Bison 32, Hughes 8
The Carlisle Junior Lady Bison completed a perfect conference season with a 32-8 win over Hughes last week.
Carlisle is now 13-4 overall and 7-0 in 2A-6 play. They will be the top seed in the district tournament and will not play until the semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Carlisle led 10-4 after one quarter and 22-6 at halftime.
Kylie Warren led Carlisle with 15 points. Nikita Harper and Elex McClain had four points each. Nicquira Burnett had three. Scoring two each were Arius McClain, Journey Jennings and Madeleine Brown.