BRYANT — The Conway Wampus Cats clinched at least a share of another 7A-Central Conference crown with a 70-39 victory over Bryant on Tuesday night.
The Cats (21-1, 11-0) will the conference’s No. 1 seed in the Class 7A state tournament. With three games left, Conway — last season’s conference champion — is looking to hold off North Little Rock to win the conference outright.
The Hornets never gave the Cats much of a threat. Conway opened the game strong, including taking a 19-3 lead after the first quarter. By halftime, the lead swelled to 34-10.
"Our defense was really good early," Cats coach James Bates said. "We took away open looks. When they had some, they rushed the shots. We were very active on the defensive end."
Colt Fason led Conway with 18 points. Kenyon McNeaill scored 14, and Preston Purifoy added nine. The Cats had balanced scoring, as 10 players contributed to the total.
"We took good shots and shot the ball well," Bates said.
With two more home games, including Friday against Van Buren and a road trip to Russellville, Conway is hoping to continue on its roll with the postseason looming.
"We want to stay focused," Bates said. "We haven’t taken any nights off and sure don’t want to at this point. It’s rewarding to know (that the top seed was clinched), but we want to stay focused and just continue to improve."
After falling to the Lady Cats in the first meeting of the season, Bryant returned the favor Tuesday night, taking a 56-53 win.
Leading 28-24 at halftime, Conway (15-8, 7-4) began to see its lead slip away. The Lady Hornets took a 42-40 lead into the final quarter before the teams stayed close the rest of the way.
Taylor Gault led the Lady Cats with 25 points. Tamara Heard finished with seven points, while Jasmyn Wilkins and Krista Robinson scored six each.
Shanika Johnson led Bryant with 12 points. Kenzee Calley and Alana Morris had 10 each.
The Mayflower senior girls clinched the No. 2 seed in the 2-3A Conference with a 60-37 win over Little Rock Episcopal on Monday.
The game was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed after a strong snowstorm covered the area.
Kerri Fortson led the Lady Eagles (16-7, 12-2) with 21 points. Olivia Gray added 15.
The Mayflower girls will open conference play at 4 p.m. Friday in Glen Rose.
The Mayflower boys fell 67-46. The Eagles (2-19, 1-13) trailed 33-24 at halftime, but Episcopal went on a 25-9 run in the third quarter before putting the game away.
Jordan Dycus led Mayflower with 13 points. Cody Elmore added 10.
Derek Keaton scored 15 to lead Episcopal, while Scotty Thurman Jr. finished with 14.
The Eagles will begin conference play today.
SHERIDAN — The Conway White boys defeated Morrilton 43-32 in Monday’s second-round play of the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference.
Tim Boyd led the Kittens with 18 points, while Brandon Cox scored 14.
Conway White (20-3) will return to action at 5:15 p.m. today.