After going 2-2 during four games during Christmas break, the Carlisle Lady Bison have won two consecutive — both 2A-6 conference games — to improve to 4-0 in league play.
Carlisle beat Hazen 47-40 on Monday night in a makeup game then routed Clarendon 51-28 on Tuesday. Carlisle is now 7-6 on the season.
“I’ve told the girls that we’ve got to grind everything out,” Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. “If we win all 14 of them, we’ve only got to win them by one,” referring to the conference games.
“Just grind it out, get the ‘W’ and move on to the next one.”
Buffalo said he wasn’t even sure what his team’s overall record was.
“We’re 4-0 and these are the games that count the most,” he said. “It sets up you for the district tournament and going into the regional. We’re 4-0, sitting in first place.”
In the win over Hazen, Carlisle led 9-5 after one quarter and 21-14 at halftime.
Both teams scored 26 points in the second half.
Faith Walker led Carlisle with 20 points. Presley Carter scored 12. Sloane Henderson had nine. Kayla Golleher, Morgan Walter and Rachel Jones scored two points each.
In the win over Clarendon, Carlisle led only 10-8 after one quarter. Henderson opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to ignite a 13-1 run. Carter scored on a drive to the basket.
After a Clarendon free throw made the score 15-9, the Lady Bison scored eight in a row to lead 23-9. Walker hit two free throws. Henderson hit a short jumper. Walker then hit 1 of 2 free throws before Jones nailed a baseline three-pointer to account for the run.
Carlisle led 23-10 at halftime.
Things were a little slower in the third quarter as the Lady Bison hit only one field goal — a three-point play by Carter with 6.4 seconds left. However, Carlisle made 9 of 11 free throws in the quarter as it led 34-18 going into the final eight minutes.
Clarendon managed to hang around, trailing 44-28 with 4:03 left. The Lady Bison then scored the final seven points of the game.
Walker led Carlisle with 17 points. Henderson scored a season-high 14. Carter added 13. Jones had three. Scoring two each were Golleher and Walter.