Greenwood’s girls hit the accelerator after 4:35 of the first quarter Friday night and never let the Conway Lady Cats pass on the way to solidifying their hold on second place in 7A/6A Central.
After falling behind 9-2 at Buzz Bolding Arena, the Lady Bulldogs (16-3, 6-1) used a 17-2 run to take command, then held off several Conway runs on the way to a 59-55 victory.
The Lady Cats (16-5, 4-3) closed the second quarter with a 10-0 run to pull within 26-25 at the half.
The Lady Bulldogs answered with drives inside baskets and free throws by Haleigh Henson and Megan Hartness to take a 40-29 lead at the 4:43 mark of the third quarter. Alexis Tolefree then drove the Greenwood defense for four straight baskets in pulling Conway within 47-43 to begin the fourth quarter.
A putback by Christin Rogers drew Conway within 47-45 before Hartness, Brittany Bowman maneuvered for baskets. After the Lady Cats missed two straight 3-point attempts and turned the ball over, Greenwood built the lead to 57-49 with 59.6 seconds left. That allowed them to survive a traditional three-point play and a long-range 3-point basket by Tolefree plus two missed free throws.
Tolefree led Conway with 20 points. Hailey Estes added 12 points and Rogers 11 for Conway.
Henson, who hurt the Lady Cats early from the perimeter, led Greenwood with 21 points. Williams added 16 points and Hartness 14.
After beginning conference play at 4-0. Conway’s boys won their third straight, downing the Bulldog, 53-41.
Sean Criswell scored 14 points for the Cats (11-6, 3-4). A.J. Burton added 12.
Evan Lensing paced Greenwood (3-13, 1-6) with 24 points.