Conway’s Lady Cats gave Central Arkansas Christian and UConn recruit Christyn Williams a steep incline and pushed them back during a fourth-quarter surge Saturday night in a 65-53 victory in the championship game of the Danny and Dandra Thomas Invitational at Buzz Bolding Arena.
Getting their fast break attack in gear and frustrating the Lady Mustangs with a 1-3-1 trapping defense that fueled their offense, the Lady Cats (9-0) led almost wire to wire in building a 10-point halftime lead and increasing that to 18 with seven minutes left.
Williams, who scored 31 points, sparked a furious comeback that brought CAC with 57-53 with 1:50 left. The Lady Cats pulled away by hitting 10 straight free throws.
"They’re a good team, one that should be in contention for a state title of their (4A) level; they were undefeated also and had beaten some good teams," said Conway coach Ashley Nance. "We knew they were going to come back and Williams was going to take them on her shoulders. We did a good job with our 1-3-1 for three quarters.
"We got the early lead with our transition game. We did a good job with the running game, which is our game. We wanted to play the game on the downhill slope and force them to go uphill."
Fifty of the Lady Cats’ came from three players. Myia Yelder, six of six from the free-throw line in the fourth quater, led with 20 points. Cardrina Nolen added 14 and Asiyha Smith 12.
The Lady Cats reached the title game Friday with a 67-41 romp over Hot Springs.