Conway’s Lady Cats remained unbeaten in defeating West Memphis, 70-57, Tuesday in the first round of the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational at Buzz Bolding Arena.
Sophomore, guard Alexis Tolefree led the Lady Cats (4-0) with 23 points. Micaela Norment came off the bench and scored 17 points including four 3-pointers. Jordan Danberry chipped in 11 points.
“I was extremely proud of the way our bench stepped up and played tonight,” “said coach Ashley Nance. “Micaela coming in and being productive gave our team a mental boost at the right time. Each game in our tournament will be a challenge for us, Friday night we will need to play much better against the defending 6A State Champions, Little Rock Hall.”
Conway will play Hall in Friday’s 7 p.m. semifinal.
Trenton Walker scored 20 points and James Grubbs added 16 and five rebounds in leading the Conway boys to a 76-57 victory over Bryant.
Sean Criswell added 10 points and Damarian Johnson, nine. John Nekonchuk had seven points seven rebounds and three assists. A.J. Burton had five points and six assists. Jalen Jones had five points.
The Wampus Cats (3-1) play in the semifinals Friday night at 8:30 p.m.
Conway Christian teams won two games Tuesday in the OrthoArkansas Conway Christian tournament.
Down 39-30 at the end of the third period, the CCS boys outscored Woodlawn, 28-10, in the fourth period on the way to a 58-49 victory.
Caleb Dather scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth period, while Luke Beckman added eight points.
“It was nice to see our team come together for their first win of the year,” said Conway Christian coach Brian Narretto. “I thought Caleb, Christian Cox, and Luke Beckman really stepped up their game in the last period to lead us.”
Beckman added 17, and Cox had 15.
The Lady Eagles defeated North Pulaski, 47-43.
The Lady Eagles came back from a 13-point second half deficit.
“Just a great game all around,” said coach Jeremy Carson. “The kids never wavered in their belief that we could win that game. They dug deep and came up with big stops and shots down the stretch.”
CCS’ Mary-Morgan Ellis led all scorers with 20 points. Lindsey Clay chipped in 10, and McKinley Wallace added six.
In another game, Little Rock Central’s girls defeated Sacred Heart, 64-31.
ST. JOSEPH VS. GUY-PERKINS
St. Joseph defeated Guy-Perkins twice on Tuesday in games at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
The Bulldogs (9-2) won, 66-42, outscoring the Thunderbirds, 34-19 in the second half.
“We got off to a slow start buy started to play better and better as the game went on,” said coach Brent Bruich. “We had an outstanding third quarter on both ends of the floor. Our defensive intensity all night was really good and I was really proud of that.”
Drake Cooper led St. Joseph with 13 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Schrekenhofer added 10. Other leaders were: Dylan Schrekenhofer, eight points, five rebounds; William Fields, eight points, four assists; Nash Nichols, seven points, five rebounds; Landon Enderlin, six points, five assists.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped to a 22-9 lead on the way to a 66-49 victory.
Anna Maylor led with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Meagan Briggler had 134 points. Caroline Daqils added six points. Taylor Womack had six points and nine rebounds. Monica Davanzo had five points and Rachel Briggler, 10 assists.
“We had a good night offensively,” said coach Chris Kordsmeier. “We had good balance; we just need to cut down on some of our turnovers. This was a good win, good effort by the girls.”
FOUNTAIN LAKE — Mayflower’s senior boys opened conference play Tuesday night with an 85-70 victory over Fountain Lake.
Trey Lasker led the Eagles with 24 points. Hayden Long had 17, Drew Duncan 16, J.P. Perry 11 and Jordan Burns 10.
Mayflower hosts Benton Harmony Grove on Friday.
The Ruth Doyle Middle School seventh-grade girls defeated Bob Courtway, 34-14, Tuesday to win their fourth straight game.
Asiyha Smith led all scorers with 22 points with eight coming from the free-throw line, and two steals Reagan Roetzel added eight points. Tamia Wiseman had two points and three rebounds and Blaklee Scott had two points.