Conway powered to double titles last weekend in the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational while the Vilonia girls won a championship in the weather-delayed St. Joseph Classic.
Vilonia Lady Eagles won a hard-fought game over a tough Perryville team Saturday night to take the championship trophy in the St. Joseph Classic.
They held off a late Lady Mustang rally in the fourth to win, 35-33, to improve to 8-1.
Audrey Moran led in scoring with 12 points, followed by Cassidy McNespy with eight. McKenzie Morris and Cacy Simpson led in rebounding with seven each.
Javonte Ellis’ steal and a layup with 12 seconds left in overtime Saturday night propelled Conway’s boys to a 53-50 victory over Harrison and the championship of the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational.
Ellis had 18 points and Jalen Jones, who hit two late free throws, added 12.
The Cats trailed by 41-35 in the third quarter to the Goblins, who defeated Fayetteville with a 30-foot buzzer shot Friday night.
"We sped things up and got some flow going; we couldn’t hit a basket the first quarter (12-2 deficit) and it took our energy away," said Conway coach James Bates. "The kids adjusted to what we needed to do all year. They seem to be able to adjust to do whatever it takes."
Conway guard Alexis Tolefree scored 56 points in two games Friday and Saturday in leading the Conway Lady Cats to the girls championship of the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational.
She scored 30 in a 65-54 victory over North Little Rock in the title game. She had 26 in a 92-91 overtime victory over defending 6A state champion Little Rock Hall in the semifinals.
"I was worried that our tank would be empty on energy after the victory Friday, but it wasn’t," said Conway coach Ashley Nance. "Every game somebody has always stepped up."
The Lady Cats frustrated North Little Rock with their zone defense and used transition baskets to pull away from the Lady Charging Wildcats the second half.
"We learned some things from the Little Rock Hall game," she said.
Against Hall, Jordan Danberry added 25 points. Christen Rogers and Asia Willard had 13.
"There were times we could have given up towards the end but we had someone step up in numerous clutch situations," Nance said. "Little Rock Hall is a great team with three returning starters from a state championship team and they gave us our toughest game so far this season."
Lonoke defeated St. Joseph, 41-30, Saturday in the boys championship game of the St. Joseph Classic.
Landon Enderlin had 10 points and four assists. Drake Cooper had nine points and 10 rebounds for St. Joseph (9-3). Dylan Schrekenhofer ahd seven points and Nash Nichols had eight rebounds. Taylor Schrekenhofer had three steals.
"We did a lot of good and positive things tonight," said St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich. "We got better even though we lost because Lonoke is a great team. They will compete for the Class 4A championship this year.
"They just wore us down with their speed, quickness and athleticism. We just had too many turnovers against their pressure defense. But I’m proud of the way my boys played and this game will help us later in the season."
Lonoke defeated the Lady Bulldogs (8-3), 40-37, for third place.
Madeline Moix had 11 points for St. Joseph and Brooke Mayor ahgd 10 and eight rebounds. Megan Briggler had nine points and Rachel Briggler, six assists and five rebounds.
"The girls had a great effort," said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. "Lonoke had a lot of size and we battled the whole game. This game will make us better for the rest of the year."
Mayflower won the third-place game in the St. Joseph Classic with a 76-63 victory over Guy-Perkins.
The Mayflowerr senior girls defeated Benton Harmony Grove on Friday in regular-season play.
Jessica Webb had 17 points and 11 rebounds. LonJanae Wyatt had nine points, Raegan Bartlett scored eight points, and Emily Hampton had six points.
LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Tech Red Raiders went inside in the second half Sunday afternoon and that strategy paid off with a 79-57 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in front of a crowd of 4,894 at United Spirit Arena.
The Red Raiders (7-3), UCA’s second straight Big 12 opponent this season, got a season-high 13 points from 7-foot center Dejan Kravic in just nine minutes of action and scored 24 points in the paint after halftime. For the game, Tech outscored UCA 40-18 inside and also won the rebound battle 36-25, including 16 on the offensive end.
"It was just tough to get to the basket on Texas Tech,’ said UCA head coach Clarence Finley. "They have so much size inside it was tough for us to score there. We had to try to attack from the perimeter and in the first half we made some shots. "But they just kept coming off the bench with size. They were just too big inside."
The Red Raiders forced UCA into 25 turnovers and scored 32 points off them.
"They are a well-coached team," said Finley. "Coach (Tubby) Smith does a great job with his team. They do an outstanding job of getting in the passing lanes. They are long-armed and active on defense. And we threw some of those nonchalant passes that ended up being turnovers. But a lot of them were caused by the pressure defense Tubby teaches."
Junior guard Oliver Wells topped the Bears with 14 points, also leading the way from the perimeter, hitting four of six 3-point shots. DeShone McClure and freshman Jalen Jackson finished with 11 points each.
UCA continues its road trip Tuesday with an 11:30 a.m. game against North Texas on Tuesday in Denton.
(UCA Sports Information contributed to this report)