|Carlisle's Kylie Warren shoots the go-ahead jumper over Lonoke's Keiunna Walker with 26 seconds left in the finals of the Goldfish Classic on Friday night. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
LONOKE — In a classic matchup between two heavyweight contenders, the Carlisle Lady Bison landed the final shot against the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits.
Carlisle’s Kylie Warren hit a 10-foot off-balance jumper with 26 seconds left then held off two Lonoke three-point attempts to win the Goldfish Classic 55-52 on Friday night at the Gina Cox Center.
Warren’s basket gave Carlisle (12-3) a 53-52 lead following a three-point by Lonoke’s Keiunna Walker with 40 seconds left.
Lonoke (12-4) called a timeout after Warren’s basket. However, the Lady Jackrabbits missed a corner three-pointer with 10 seconds left. That led to Carlisle’s Blakely Ellis hitting a short jumper with 4 seconds left.
Lonoke called another timeout with 31. seconds left. Walker missed a half-court three-pointer as time expired, giving the Lady Bison the victory.
Carlisle’s victory avenged a 63-48 loss to Lonoke on Dec. 16 at Bison Arena.
The score was tied 6-6 after one quarter. Lonoke led 9-6 after a three-pointer by Mia Brown with 5:40 left in the first half. Carlisle then went on an 11-2 run to lead 19-11 with 1:02 left. Carlisle’s Blakely Ellis hit two three-pointers during the run.
Lonoke’s Arius McClain hit a short jumper with 13 seconds left to make the score 19-13 at halftime.
Walker, who picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, did not score in the first half.
Lonoke cut the deficit to 27-26 following Walker’s three-pointer with 1:24 left in the third quarter. Carlisle scored the final six points of the third to lead 33-26. DeShaye Ricks scored four while Kiara Miller added two.
Carlisle continued its run in the fourth quarter, scoring the first four points to lead 37-26 with 6:16 left.
Lonoke got back into the game with the three-ball.
The Lady Jackrabbits cut the deficit to 43-42 with 3:47 left in the game, following a Brown three-pointer. It was the fourth of the fourth quarter.
Carlisle's Heather Bowlan hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:36 left. Carlisle then forced a jump ball on the Lonoke end of the floor. However, as the officials blew the whistle, players from each team got up mad. A Lonoke player left the bench and a technical foul was called.
Warren then hit two free throws to make the score 46-42 with 3:15 left.
Lonoke led 47-46 following two Walker free throws with 2:52 left. Carlisle reclaimed the lead at 49-47 before Walker scored again to tie the game at 49-49 with 1:42 left.
Warren hit a running jumper in the lane to give her team a 51-49 lead with 1:23 left.
Warren led Carlisle with 22 points. Bowlan had 9. Ricks and Ellis scored eight points each. Miller had seven. Shelby Hancock added a free throw.
Walker led all scorers with 27 points. Brown had nine on three three-pointers. McClain had seven. Kennedy White scored six. Michenzie Williams added three.
|Lonoke's Maddie Pool and Hannah Moseley battle for a loose ball with Carlisle's Kiara Miller.|