Lady Cats start slowly, then burst past Rogers

Sophomore Alexis Tolefree scored 28 points and sparked a second-half surge that powered the Lady Cats to a 75-56 victory over Rogers on Thursday in the first round of the 7A girls tournament at Buzz Bolding Arena.

The Lady Cats will now play West Conference champion Fayetteville at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Conway trailed 16-9 after a quarter, then outscored Rogers, 24-9, in the second period to take a lead they never relinquished.

Tolefree hit a runner in the lane, drove for a layup and hit a 3-pointer during a third-quarter surge after the Lady Mounties drew within three points.

Asia Willard added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Hailey Estes 11 for the Lady Cats.

"We're young and I knew we'd be a little nervous because none of these girls have played in the state tournament before," said Conway coach Ashley Nance. "The officiating was different, not bad, but different than what we are used to and we had to adjust. Once, we figured out we'd get a foul after we drove to the basket, we were OK.

"But we did a lot of things we're not used to doing."

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