Carlisle girls coach Jonathan Buffalo said his Lady Bison let one slip by last week in their season opener at Class 5A Maumelle.
The Lady Bison were 0-1 heading into Tuesday’s game at Little Rock Fair after the 51-48 loss to the Lady Hornets, coached by former Carlisle coach William Rountree.
“Their depth got us,” Buffalo said Monday. “At one point in the third quarter, we had an 11-point lead. They mounted a comeback and got physical with us, and we struggled with the physicality in the half-court. We got good looks, but we weren’t able to finish.”
Carlisle led after one quarter, 14-13; and trailed at halftime, 25-23. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bison led, 40-35, but they didn’t hit a field goal down the stretch, notching just nine free throws to Maumelle’s 16 points.
Kylie Warren led the Lady Bison with 23 points, while Blakely Ellis added nine.
“I feel like we let one get away,” Buffalo said. “But it was the first game out, and I told the girls we can’t simulate that in practice. Playing Class 5A Maumelle is only going to help us at the end of the year when we get to the district tournament, regional and, we hope, state tournament.”
Carlisle will play host to Des Arc on Monday before taking the rest of the week off for Thanksgiving break.
“Des Arc is going to be physical with us,” Buffalo said. “It’s a rivalry; they’ll be in our district tournament. It will be a good preview of what we’re going to see at the end of the year. There will be a lot of tension out on the court, and it will be a fun environment to coach in.
“It’s our first home game, so we’re hoping we can pack the gym.”