Carlisle’s Lady Bison rolled to four wins last week by a combined 268-97.
Jonathan Buffalo’s team —ranked fifth in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Class 2A rankings — beat Hazen on Monday for Senior Night, 68-17, to improve to 22-3.
Last week’s wins came over Marvell, 72-28; Clarendon, 57-27; Jacksonville Lighthouse, 53-16; and Marvell again, 86-26 — an average score of 67-24.
“We’ve had a great regular season so far, but all our big goals are still in front of us,” Buffalo said before Monday’s Senior Night celebration against Hazen. “I told them today in practice we’re gearing up for the post-season now. It’s time for the final push, and we’ve got to be focused every day and want to get better every day.”
That has certainly been the case recently.
Against Clarendon, the Lady Bison led by 37-15 at halftime and 53-22 after three quarters. Blakely Ellis and Kylie Warren led with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Against Jacksonville Lighthouse, Carlisle won the first quarter, 35-2; led by halftime, 43-14; and outscored its opponent in the second half with the clock running, 10-2. Ellis and Warren scored 11 points each.
In the second game against Marvell, the Lady Bison buried the Lady Mustangs in the opening quarter, 41-0. At the half, they led, 61-8; after three quarters, it was 77-17. Ellis led again with 21 points. Warren added 13, Shelby Hancock 12 and Kiara Miller 10.
Against Hazen on Senior Night Monday, Carlisle led 29-0 after one quarter and 52-10 at halftime. The Lady Bison outscored the Lady Hornets in the second half, 16-7. Ellis led again with 13 points.
Carlisle, which played at England on Tuesday, will visit Hazen on Thursday for the Lady Hornets’ Senior Night. Hazen was 7-9 following Monday’s loss.
“They’re struggling a little this year, moreso than in years past, but it’s a rivalry game so we’re going to get their best shot,” Buffalo said. “They’ll be up to play. It’s a big game, and one of those where you probably can throw out the records because it doesn’t matter.”
Carlisle will finish the regular season at Concord for a non-conference game on Friday, Feb. 9. The Class 1A Lady Pirates opened the week 20-5.
“That’s a big game,” Buffalo said. “It will be a challenge for us to go on the road at the end of the season and get ready for the post-season.”
The 3-2A District Tournament will be at Carlisle starting Monday, Feb. 12. First-round games are set for Monday and Tuesday with the quarterfinals Thursday, semifinals Friday and championship and third-place games Saturday.
The top four teams will move on to the regional tournament.