|Carlisle's Kylie Warren prepares to jump center at the start of the first round state-tournament game against Murfreesboro. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
JUDSONIA — The Carlisle Lady Bison scored the first 16 points of the game in a 51-37 rout of Murfreesboro in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament at White County Central High School on Wednesday night.
With the win, Carlisle advances to play defending state champion Quitman on Friday at 4 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs ended Carlisle’s season a year ago in the second round.
The Lady Bison also improved to 29-4 on the season. They have won 21 of their past 22 games. The 29 wins are the second most in school history, or at least in the modern era of 5-on-5 girls play, which started in the early 1980s. The only team to win more was the 2007 state championship team, which won 35 games.
In Wednesday’s win, Carlisle led 16-0 with 3:45 left in the first quarter. The Lady Bison led 19-5 after one quarter.
Carlisle outscored Murfreesboro 17-7 in the second quarter to lead 36-14 at halftime. In fact, Carlisle’s Kylie Warren scored all 17 Lady Bison points.
The lead grew to 31 as Carlisle led 51-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Murfreesboro outscored Carlisle 17-0 in the fourth quarter but the clock was running the entire time.
Warren led Carlisle with 32 points. She hit seven three-pointers. Blakely Ellis had 10 points. Shelby Hancock and DeShaye Ricks had three points each. Heather Bowlan scored two. Kiara Miller had one.