Jordan Danberry scored 10 points in the second half Tuesday and added seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Conway Lady Cats to a 66-61 victory over defending 6A state champion Little Rock Hall at George Cirks Arena in Little Rock.
The Lady Cats (14-2) upped their 7A/6A conference record to 2-0.
Danberry scored two points the first half as the Lady Cats trailed, 30-28, after being down 10 at one point.
After Conway took the lead in the third quarter, the Lady Warriors (12-5, 1-1) tied the game at 59 with 2:15 left. The Lady Cats then scored seven straight points, including five of eight at the line, to pull away for good.
Alexis Tolefree led Conway with 18 points and Christin Rogers had 14 and Hailey Estes, 11. Allie Pack added 10 rebounds. Asia Willard had eight points and five steals.
"We put a lot of emphasis on the winner being the team that worked the hardest and I feel like that was our team tonight," said CHS coach Ashley Nance. "We can enjoy this one tonight but they don’t get any easier with the No. 1 team in the state and defending 7A champs Fort Smith Northside on Friday."
In the boys game, Conway (8-4, 0-2) could not overcome a 15-minute stretch in the first half without a field goal. The Cats fell behind 31-12 at the half, then saw the Warriors (10-3, 2-0) turn back a fourth-quarter rally in a 65-59 victory,
Hall led 31-12 at the half and stretched the lead to 22 points in the fourth quarter and 45-26 in the fourth before the Cats mounted a charge.
Javonte Ellis led Conway with 11 points. John Nekonchuk and A.J. Burton added nine. James Grubbs had eight rebounds.
The Cats committed 20 turnovers against the defending 6A state champions.
ST. JOSEPH VS CONWAY CHRISTIAN
St. Joseph’s girls jumped to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter, then held off a spirited effort by Conway Christian on the way to a 54-50 victory Tuesday at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
"This was a very hard-contested game," said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. "Both teams played with a lot of energy. CCS played well and we are happy to come away with a big conference win. I was proud of the effort. We can’t be content and we must keep working to get better."
Anna Mayor had 19 points and five rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (14-3, 3-0). Meagan Briggler had 18 points and four steals. Madeline Moix added five points and Caroline Dail and Abby Kordsmeier, four each. Taylor Womack had six rebounds.
Mary Morgan Ellis led CCS with 17 points. Lyndi Dather had 11 and Lindsey Clay, 10.
In the senior boys game, St. Joseph led all the way in a 44-31 victory.
"I was proud of our defensive pressure; it kept us going when our offensive execution and shooting struggled most of the game," said St. Joseph boys coach Brent Bruich, whose team in 13-5, 3-0. "William Fields gave us a huge lift off the bench and hit some big shots for us. We started flowing in the fourth quarter (expanding a six-point lead to 13) when we stopped pressing and trying to do too much and finally led the game come to us."
Fields led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Landon Enderlin and Dylan Schrekenhofer added eight each and Drake Cooper, seven and four rebounds. Cole Schaefers and Tyler Schrekenhofer had five rebounds end. Enderlin hbad four assists and three steals and Nash Nichols, three steals.
St. Joseph (8-5, 1-0) won the junior boys game, 44-11.
David Beck and Brad Vandivere had eight points each and Vandivere had three assists. Jacob Welter added six points and three steals. Gage Berger and Daniel Lee Kordsmeier had five points. Triple Williams added four five rebounds. Clayton Heathscott had four rebounds and Zach Martin, three steals.
MAYFLOWER — Mayflower’s senior boys remained unbeaten in conference play Tuesday night with a 72-48 victory over Jessieville.
The victory set up a showdown of boys teams unbeaten in conference Friday at Episcopal Collegiate in Little Rock.
The Eagles (14-3, 6-0) trailed 15-11 after the end of a quarter but took over the game in surging to a 34-25 halftime lead.
J.P Perry led the Eagles with 24 points. Lloyd Lasker and Hayden Long had 12 each. Drew Duncan added 11 and Justin Bailey, nine.
Jessieville won the senior girls game, 57-44.
Jessica Webb scored 14 points for the Lady Eagles and Raegan Bartlett had nine points. Mayflower will play at Episcopal on Friday night.
Mayflower’s junior girls beat Jessieville, 33-21. Tori Lasker lead the Lady Eagles with 20 points and had nine steals. Tristen Lasker scored 10 points and had six steals.
VILONIA — Vilonia’s Lady Eagles improved to 1-1 in the 5A West conference and 13-3 overall with a with a 57-35 victory over Morrilton on Tuesday night.
Vilonia took a 15-12 lead after one quarter increased the lead to 28-16 by halftime. Morrilton closed the gap to 37-29 after three and scored the first four in the fourth quarter to cut Vilonia’s lead to four. The Lady Eagles closed out the game with a 15-2 run.
Sydney Wader scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Lady Eagles.
Cacy Simpson added 13 points. Hannah Schnebelen and McKenzie Morris had eight points apiece and Morris also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
Vilonia’s next action will be at Huntsville on Friday night and will play the late game as the senior boys will start varsity play at 6:30 p.m.
GREENBIER — Greenbrier’s girls went to 1-1 in 5A-West on Tuesday with a 30-23 victory over Clarksville.
Kenzie Batterton led the Lady Panthers with 11 points. Brooklyn Freeling added nine and Kory Westerman, seven.
Clarksville (12-3, 2-0) raced to a 23-4 lead after a quarter on the way to a 70-40 win at Panther Pavilion.
Tyler Simmons led Greenbrier (9-6, 1-1) with 23 points.
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