JUDSONIA — It just seems to be the Conway Christian girls’ year.
So far, at least.
In an opposite result from last season, the Lady Eagles defeated crosstown rival St. Joseph 50-39 in Saturday night’s 5-2A North District title game to avenge a loss from last year. Since moving up to the Arkansas Activities Association, Conway Christian (22-4) has forged quite a rivalry with the Lady Bulldogs.
That was no doubt on display Saturday night.
"This was a big win for us," Lady Eagles coach Ashley Nance said. "It was a big turnaround."
With the win, Conway Christian will take the No. 1 seed into next week’s East Regional and face Des Arc at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the same location. St. Joseph (24-3) will be the 2 seed and take on Hazen at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Leading just 15-13 at halftime, the Lady Eagles began pulling away in the second half. Their lead grew to 29-17 after three quarters of play.
"We had too many turnovers in the halfcourt set," Lady Bulldogs coach Chris Kordsmeier said. "We had our chances and never quit."
Christina DenHartog led the Lady Eagles with 16 points and three assists. Bre Hobbs added 13 points, while Kelly Hays finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Cheyenne Wood added seven points and three steals, while Mallory Clutts pulled down six rebounds.
Jessie Moix led St. Joseph with nine points. Heather Moix finished with eight.
"It was a great game and a great atmosphere," Nance said.