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Lady Bison come up short in regional tourney

Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo talks to his team during the first round of the regional tournament last week at Bison Arena. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo talks to his team during the first round of the regional tournament last week at Bison Arena. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Faith Walker, center, drives to the basket against Poyen last week. Also pictured for Carlisle is Bre’Ana Young. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Faith Walker, center, drives to the basket against Poyen last week. Also pictured for Carlisle is Bre’Ana Young. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Peyton Hitchings makes a pass against Poyen. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Peyton Hitchings makes a pass against Poyen. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Carlisle Lady Bison’s season came to an end with a 56-54 loss to Poyen in the first round of the Class 2A East Region Tournament last week at Bison Arena.

Carlisle ends its season at 18-10.

The Lady Bison trailed 52-43 with 4:38 left in the game. Carlisle stormed back to tie it with a 9-0 run. Faith Walker hit 1 of 2 free throws. Bre’Ana Young then scored on a putback. Walker then converted a three-point play then hit 3 of 4 free throws to tie the game at 52-52.

The Lady Indians reclaimed the lead at 54-52 on a basket by Hadison Bates with 58 seconds left.

Carlisle had a chance to tie but a turnover led to a free throw attempt by Bates with 38.2 seconds left.

Bates missed the foul shot but Poyen forced a jump ball on the rebound and retained possession with 36.4 seconds left.

After another Carlisle foul, Poyen’s Emma Goodman hit 1 of 2 free throws with 34.4 seconds left to push her team’s lead to 55-52.

Carlisle committed a turnover on its next possession. However, Poyen could not put the game away, missing the front end of the bond with 20.2 seconds left.

Carlisle’s Sloane Henderson was fouled on a rebound with 9.6 seconds left. She hit both free throws to pull the Lady Bison to within one at 55-54.

Poyen’s Shelby Ellis then hit 1 of 2 free throws with 5.8 seconds left. Carlisle was able to get a long three-point shot off but Henderson’s attempt was off the mark.

“They gave themselves a chance,” Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said of his team’s comeback in the fourth quarter. “They competed. They were there to the very end. It showed a lot of character on their part.”

With the loss, Carlisle did not make the state tournament after qualifying a year ago.

“At the beginning, everyone’s top goal is to be the last one winning at the end,” Buffalo said. “You can take a lot of positives away from this season. It’s obviously disappointing not to be playing this week but we accomplished quite a few things.”

Poyen led the entire first half, including 12-6 after one quarter. The Lady Bison pulled to within two at 12-10 on baskets by Walker to start the second quarter.

From there, each team scored 10 points in the second quarter as the Lady Indians led 22-20 at halftime.

Bates then opened the second half with her second of six three-pointers to give Poyen a 25-20 lead.

The Lady Bison then scored seven consecutive points to lead 27-25 with 5:40 left in the third. Young hit a short jumper. Morgan Walter scored on a putback. Young then converted a three-point play to account for the run.

Poyen then took a 39-35 lead with 49 seconds left. Young converted a three-point play with 14.7 seconds left to make the score 39-38. However, Poyen’s Elizabeth Kratz hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to start a 9-0 run, which gave the Lady Indians a 48-38 lead with 6:54 left in the game.

Bates opened the fourth quarter with two three-pointers to account for the run.

Walker led Carlisle with 33 points — her seventh game of scoring more than 30 points this season.

Young added 14. Kayla Golleher scored three. Walter and Henderson had two points each.

Bates led Poyen with 21 points. Kratz added 15.

The loss was the final game for five Carlisle seniors — Walker, Young, Walter, Henderson and Presley Carter. Buffalo has been their coach since they were in the eighth grade.

“I’ve seen them mature quite a bit,” Buffalo said. “I believe they will be successful in life.”

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