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Sports February 6, 2018  RSS feed

Lady Bison earn a spot in the playoffs

by Paul K. Matney


Lady Bison Melanie McGill (23) passes around the defender. Sherry’s Shots Lady Bison Melanie McGill (23) passes around the defender. Sherry’s Shots The Lady Bison defeated Frankston but dropped a contest to Teague, the undefeated District champion. With the win against Frankston the Lady Bison are assured a position in the playoffs that begin on February 12th. The Lady Bison celebrated senior night on January 30th before the game against Frankston but the Lady Bison have no seniors on the team. The team celebrated the occasion in an unique way as each player presented some flowers to a favorite teacher at Buffalo High that has had an impact on their life. Each player was accompanied by the teacher as they marched across the gym and were introduced to the fans.

The game itself was a breather for the Lady Bison as they won easily 50-27. The first quarter was tight as the Lady Bison fell behind 13-17 even as Samantha Pate scored 5 points to lead the Lady Bison. The shots began falling for the Lady Bison in the second quarter as Mollie Dittmar scored 7 points and the Lady Bison had a 24-21 lead at intermission. Pate came through in the third quarter scoring 8 points and the Lady Bison had a comfortable 39-25 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Samantha Simpson scored 4 points in the final quarter and the Lady Bison cruised to a 50-27 win and assured themselves of a playoff berth. Stats for the Lady Bison: Pate scored 14 points, Dittmar scored 13 points and had 7 rebounds, Simpson scored 6 points and had 1 rebound, A'sia Bradley scored 4 points and had 8 rebounds, Taylor Beshears scored 4 points and had 3 rebounds, Melanie McGill scored 4 points and had 4 rebounds, Kaleigh Rhodes scored 3 points and had 2 rebounds, Yomele Almeida scored 2 points and had 1 rebound.

The Lady Bison traveled to Teague for their final district game on February 2nd and had a rough time against the district champion, Teague Lady Lions, losing 42-56. The Lady Bison had lost to Teague by 2 points earlier in the season and the Lady Bison fans expected a close game. The Lady Bison trailed 12-19 after the first quarter even as Dittmar scored 6 points to lead the Lady Bison. The Lady Bison were behind 14-30 in the middle of the second quarter before Simpson scored 5 points to close the gap to 21-31 at half time. The Lady Bison were cold in the second quarter as they didn't score in the first 6 minutes of the quarter. The third quarter was high lighted by 4 points scored by Dittmar but the Lady Bison still trailed 30-41 entering the final quarter. Dittmar scored 6 points in the final period but the deficit was to much and the Lady Bison fell 42-56. Stats for the Lady Bison: Dittmar scored 16 points and had 8 rebounds, Simpson scored 10 points and had 1 rebound, Rhodes scored 7 points and had 5 rebounds, Bradley scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds, McGill scored 3 points and had 4 rebounds, Pate scored 2 points and had 2 rebounds,

The Lady Bison have a bye on February 6th but Malakoff plays Teague and Leon hosts Frankston. If Teague and Leon win there would be a 3 way tie for second place between Buffalo, Leon and Malakoff. Two of the teams would play Friday February 9th and the winner would play Saturday the team that drew the bye on Friday. There are several other possibilities that occur if Leon or Malakoff lose. The four teams that qualify for the playoffs would play the top 4 teams from District 17 3AAA. Grandview is the District Champion of 17 3AAA, Maypearl is second, Rice is third and Palmer is fourth in the latest Max Preps standings.


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