The first time they met this season, it was a lop-sided victory for the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs.
And while BIC was still victorious in their second battle of the year with the Salem Lady Greyhounds, this one was much closer.
Using a six-of-six showing at the free throw line in the last 24 seconds of play, the Lady Mustangs slipped past Salem 46-39 in the first round of the Class 2A North Regional Tournament Feb. 22 in Monette.
BIC had previously knocked Salem out of the NEA Tournament at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro in late December.
Even though this game was being played on the Lady Mustangs' home court and BIC is ranked at number three in Class 2A, the Lady Greyhounds were more than up for the challenge.
Salem led for most of the first period, before BIC pulled even at square things at 10-all after one.
Abby Blevins (12 points) had a big first half for the Lady Hounds and, by the time intermission rolled around, Salem trailed by just a single point, 22-21.
The Lady Mustangs came out in front of a back-and-forth battle in the third with a 31-30 lead, but Salem responded once again, locking the contest at 36-all.
But BIC finally managed to open a bit of breathing room with a 4-0 run, moving the Lady Mustangs ahead 40-36.
Salem eased within two points and even had a couple of chances to tie the game, or move in front with a 3, but the Lady Hounds could not come up with the big hoop they needed.
BIC, which went 12-for-14 from the free throw line in the game, hit six big free throws in the waning seconds of the game, ending Salem's season with a 46-39 loss.
Sidney Mitchum paced Salem with 15 points. Hailey Crisp added nine.