MARMADUKE — For a half, the Carlisle Lady Bison were able to play with one of the top teams in Class 2A. However, the third quarter was a different story.
Buffalo Island Central used a 25-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Lady Bison for a 61-30 win in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament Feb. 27.
The Lady Bison took a 2-0 lead on a basket by Faith Walker early in the first quarter. Buffalo Island then scored 10 in a row, including six by Cassidy Qualls, to lead 10-2. Carlisle pulled to within one on a 7-0 run. Breanna Young hit two free throws. Sloane Henderson hit a three-pointer and Walker hit a short jumper to make the score 10-9.
Buffalo Island’s Brittany Fowler hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to give the Lady Mustangs a 13-9 lead. Walker then hit a short jumper late in the quarter to make the score 13-11.
Carlisle took a 16-15 lead on a three-pointer by Walker with 5:25 left in the first half. Buffalo Island ended the half on a 14-6 run to lead 29-22 at halftime.
Carlisle pulled to within five at 29-24 on a short jumper by Walker with 7:15 left in the third quarter. From there, Buffalo Island scored 25 consecutive points, taking advantage of 10 Carlisle turnovers. The Lady Mustangs led 56-26 after three quarters.
Carlisle scored only four points in the fourth quarter. Maddie Harrison hit 1 of 2 free throws following a technical foul on Buffalo Island. A few seconds later, Hannah Cooper hit a three-pointer.
Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said Buffalo Island turned up the pressure on his team in the third quarter.
"They switched their press from a man press to a zone press and I thought we struggled with it," he said. "We didn’t get real good shots at the basket and we turned it over. And they were knocking down shots."
Fowler scored 11 of her team-high 22 points in the third quarter. Taylor McKuin scored eight during the third quarter.
"That was a good basketball team that we played tonight," Buffalo said.
Walker led the lady Bison with 13 points. She also had four rebounds. Young had six points and seven rebounds. Henderson had five points. Cooper had three. Callie Hillman, playing for the first time since tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the finals of the 2A-6 district tournament at Hughes, hit two free throws for an injured Presley Carter. Harrison scored one.
Despite the loss, the Lady Bison finished the season at 20-10 after starting 8-7.
"We progressed all year," Buffalo said. "They kept working and kept pushing. I was proud of the way they finished the season."
The Lady Bison had three seniors on this year’s club — Hillman, Cooper and Harrison.
"They helped us get back to the state tournament for the first time in four years," Buffalo said. "They helped put this program going back in the right direction."
The seniors were on the first team that Buffalo coached when they were in junior high.
"They’ve achieved a lot over the last three or four years," Buffalo said.