A short-handed Conway Wampus Cats boys team didn’t back down from a top 7A Central team Tuesday with a 68-60 win over North Little Rock at Buzz Bolding Arena.

“Tonight, [junior] Terry Clardy, who is our second leading scorer is out with the flu, our leading scorer {Caleb London] is coming back from the flu, and I could only play him in four minute segments,” Conway coach Salty Longing said. “Guys like [junior] Ja’Kylin Kaiser and [junior] Christian Williams had to come in play a lot of minutes and play a lot of different positions for us.”

The Wampus Cats (14-8, 5-4 7A Central) has lost three straight .

One of those three losses, Jan. 30 against Northside, was supposed to be an off night, giving Conway a chance to recuperate and recover. However, the game was a makeup for a Jan. 16 meeting that was canceled.

Despite not having a full roster Tuesday, Conway found ways to break a North Little Rock (18-5, 7-2 7A Central) press that at times gave the Wampus Cats fits.

“They’re just so long and so quick,” Longing said. “Johnny [Rice] does a good job coaching that, and you know you’re going to have some turnovers. They got easy turnovers from us, which they turned into easy layups. When we were patient and didn’t hurry, we got good shots off their press and attacked it well.”

Attacking the basket is something Longing thought the Wampus Cats didn’t do well when they lost to Bryant on Jan. 26 at the beginning of the three-game losing streak.

“North little Rock attacks you,” he said. “You don’t have a choice. They’re not going to sit back and let you pass time and time again. You have to attack and I just thought our shot selection was pretty good. It wasn’t that great down the stretch.

“We got in a hurry some, but I thought we had great shots all night. We were patient and we got the ball in the paint a lot. It was a great effort against a great team.”

Conway ended the final quarter with a 16-point lead, but it dwindled down to five points in the waning seconds of the game through its press defense.

However, the Wampus Cats held on.

Though Conway had players out, it had three players reach double figures with senior post Blake Bradshaw leading all scorers with 22, followed by junior Kylen Milton’s 12 points and Kaiser’s 10 points.

“This team has to have multiple contributors,” Longing said. “Blake was our leader and what a great effort by our only returning senior from last year.”

The Charging Wildcats were led by sophomore Moses Moody’s 18 points, followed by junior Collin Moore’s 13.

Moody fouled out with 3:16 left.

The Wampus Cats now turn their attention to a road game Friday against Cabot.

“We got a big win at North Little Rock a month ago and we followed that up with a dud against Cabot,” Longing said. “Cabot is an outstanding, well-coached team. They’re especially tough on the road. We’re going to have to bow up and go get them.”