Basketball: Episcopal upend Mustang winning streaks

Episcopal Collegiate broke a pair of Central Arkansas Christian winning streaks at Mustang Mountain last week.

In the showdowns between the 3A-6 conference’s top two teams, the Episcopal girls won, 46-18; and the boys prevailed, 68-53. The Lady Mustangs had won five straight and eight of their last nine; the Mustangs had won eight straight and 11 of their last 12.

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CAC coach Steve Quattlebaum’s roster included just six players, with a pair of starters out with covid issues. Riley Bryant led the Lady Mustangs with 11 points. Ava Knoedl added six rebounds and two assists. Livian Burton had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

CAC shot just 20 percent from the field (4-17 from two-point range, 2-13 from three) and pulled down only three offensive rebounds.

The Lady Mustangs (12-7, 5-1) regrouped Tuesday and sailed past Lisa Academy West again, 76-18, after building a 32-3 lead after one quarter and 54-6 advantage by halftime. They won the third quarter, 18-0, for a 72-6 edge.

Bryant led scoring again with 16 points. Burton added 14, Knoedl 12, Avery Lillard 11 and Stella Smith 10. Jordan Dodd pulled down 13 rebounds; Burton and Lily Wooderson grabbed seven apiece. 

CAC will play host to Jacksonville Lighthouse (4-11, 2-4) on Friday and will visit Helena-West Helena Central (8-2, 4-2) on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Lady Mustangs won the first meetings against those, 61-25 and 65-37, respectively.

Matt Hall’s Mustangs knocked off Lisa Academy West on Wednesday, 71-34.

CAC (12-3, 6-1) will play host to Jacksonville Lighthouse (11-12, 7-2) on Friday and will visit Helena (9-5-1, 3-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Mustangs prevailed in the earlier matchups, 49-43 and 41-26, respectively.