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Lady Bison fall to England in season opener

Carlisle’s Presley Carter drives the ball into the front court during her team’s game with England on Tuesday.Buy Photo
Carlisle’s Presley Carter drives the ball into the front court during her team’s game with England on Tuesday.

ENGLAND — The Carlisle Lady Bison had plenty of chances but couldn’t overcome turnovers in a 57-48 loss to England in the season opener Tuesday.

Carlisle committed 36 turnovers in the game but led 42-39 after an 11-0 run gave the Lady Bison a 42-39 lead with 6:55 left.

Carlisle trailed 39-31 with 2:17 left in the third quarter. Carlisle’s Presley Carter started the run with a 3-pointer. Faith Walker then scored five in a row to tie the game at 39-39 with 55.7 seconds left in the third.

Carlisle’s Peyton Hitchings hit a 10-foot jumper early in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-39. Walker then hit 1 of 2 free throws after England’s Julia Bryant was called for a technical foul with 6:55 left in the game.

From there, England went on a 15-0 run to lead 54-42 with 3:17 left. The Lady Bison got not score than nine points — the final margin.

Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said he liked his team’s effort.

“We fought hard and played hard,” he said. “We obviously turned the ball over too much. Despite the turnovers, we were in the game.

“It’s not the result that you want but you can take some positives from it and go back to the drawing board and learn from it.”

Buffalo said all the non-conference games are building blocks in getting ready for 2A-6 conference play.

Walker led Carlisle with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Carter had 13 points and 7 boards. Scoring 2 points each were Kayla Golleher, Hitchings, Morgan Walter, Rachel Jones and Breanna Young.

Lawanda Criss led England with 18 points.

Carlisle played with foul trouble much of the night, having two foul out. Golleher had three in the first half then picked up a personal foul with 6:33 left in the third quarter. She was also hit with a technical foul, which was her fifth foul.

Carter had four fouls in the first half but did not foul out until the 2:06 mark of the fourth quarter.

Junior Lady Bison

Carlisle’s junior girls have started the season 2-1 with wins over DeWitt and England.

Against England on Tuesday, Carlisle trailed 41-38 before scoring the game’s final five points to win 43-41.

Kylie Warren hit 1 of 2 free throws to make the score 41-39.

Carlisle’s Nikita Harper got a steal and was fouled with 30 seconds left. She missed two free throws but rebounded the second miss.

After a Carlisle timeout, Warren passed to Elex McClain for the game-tying shot with 22 seconds left.

England then missed four free throws, the last two coming with 10.6 seconds left.

After getting the rebound, Warren then drove the ball inside and passed to McClain for the game-winning basket.

Warren led Carlisle with 13 points. McClain had 12. Harper and Ashby Terry had 6 points each. Arius McClain scored four. Journey Jennings added a basket.

Against DeWitt last week, the Junior Lady Bison won 40-37.

Warren and Arius McClain led the team with 9 points each. Terry had 8. Elex McClain scored six. Harper had 2.

Carlisle also lost to Conway Christian 35-31 in overtime in the first round of a junior high tournament at Guy-Perkins High School on Monday.

The score was tied 29-29 at the end of regulation.

Warren led Carlisle with 14 points. Elex McClain had 13. Scoring 2 each were Harper and Terry.

Junior Bison

The Junior Bison are off to a rough start, dropping its first three games.

The closest of the three was a 33-31 loss to Conway Christian in a tournament at Guy-Perkins on Monday.

Zach Caviness led Carlisle with 10 points. Carson Cunningham scored 9. Garnelle Harris had 6. Drake Adams scored 4. Mitch Lewis and Caleb Jones each hit a free throw.

The Junior Bison lost to England 47-17 on Tuesday.

Carlisle played close in the first quarter despite losing Harris to a leg injury. England led 18-10 after one quarter but Carlisle was outscored 29-7 the remainder of the game.

Harris and Jamarious Harper led Carlisle with 4 points each. Scoring 2 each were Lewis, Caviness, Shaun Wakefield and Adams.

The Junior Bison opened the season with a 46-14 loss to DeWitt last week.

Caviness led Carlisle with 6 points. Lewis score four. Scoring 2 each were Harris and Jones.

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