HASKELL — For a half, the undermanned Carlisle Lady Bison outplayed undefeated Mount Vernon-Enola in the first round of the Bill Gibbs Tournament at Benton Harmony Grove on Monday.
The second half was a different story.
Carlisle led 27-20 at halftime but Mount Vernon rallied for a 56-40 win. With the loss, Carlisle drops to 0-2 on the season.
Injuries have hit Carlisle hard this season as Coach Jonathan Buffalo was without four key players in the loss and it limited their depth.
However, that didn’t stop Carlisle from getting off to a good start. The Lady Bison led 7-5 with 2:41 left in the first quarter Carlisle scored the last eight points of the quarter to lead 15-5. Faith Walker scored the first four before Presley Carter and Morgan Walter had two points each.
Mount Vernon scored the first five points of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 15-10. Carlisle scored the next six points to lead 21-10. Walker scored all six points.
From there, Mount Vernon outscored Carlisle 10-6 to cut the deficit to 27-20 by halftime.
Mount Vernon outscored Carlisle 17-4 in the third quarter to lead 37-31. The Lady Warhawks pushed their lead to 42-31 early in the fourth quarter.
Carlisle tried to keep it close, trailing 47-38 following two free throws by Walker with 3:58 left in the game. From there, Mount Vernon outscored Carlisle 9-2 to end the game.
Walker led all scorers with 26 points. She scored 21 in the first half.
Carter added 10. Walter and Kayla Golleher had two apiece.
Heather Prowse led Mount Vernon with 25 points.