Crosstown rivals St. Joseph and Conway Christian split games Saturday night at Eagle Gymnasium.
A strong start helped Conway Christian win the girls game 37-29.
Leading 7-2 after the first quarter, the Lady Eagles built their lead to 23-7 at halftime.
"Sarah Martin was instrumental in getting loose balls and rebounds in the first half," CCS coach Jeremy Carson said. "She really got us going."
The Lady Bulldogs cut the lead to 27-21 after three quarters of play. However, they weren’t able to climb out of the hole.
"I was very proud of our effort," St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier said. "We made a good comeback in the second half. We just got too far behind in the first half. We gave up way too many offensive rebounds."
Christina DenHartog led the Lady Eagles with 12 points. Kelly Hays and Martin had nine and eight points, respectively.
Heather Dail had 13 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Courtney Briggler finished with nine points and four blocked shots, while Amy Schichtl added seven points and eight rebounds. Rebecca Moix finished with seven assists and three steals.
St. Joseph won the boys game 51-37. Andrew Beck led the way with 18 points, five assists and three steals. Tyler Jones scored 12, while Matt Snider finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Grant Smith chipped in four points and eight rebounds. Brandon Thessing contributed three assists and three steals.
"It was a hard-fought game," Bulldogs coach Brent Bruich said. "I’m very proud of our effort and execution. We were fortunate to make some plays when we had to."
St. Joseph also won the junior boys game, taking a 44-23 decision to move to 12-0 on the season.
Drake Cooper led with 12 points and eight rebounds. Landon Enderlin had 10 points and seven assists; Dylan Schrekenhofer eight points; William Field five points; Cole Schaefers four rebounds; Nash Nichols three assists and four steals; and Taylor Schrekenhofer four steals.
GUY — The Guy-Perkins teams split a pair of games with J.A. Fair on Saturday night
The Lady Thunderbirds cruised to a 68-40 win.
Alexis Hogan led the way with 23 points. Brooklyn Hartwick and Lindsey McGee had 13 points each, while Cary Beth Halk scored 10.
In the boys game, J.A. Fair took a 64-42 victory.
Alex Davis scored 13 to lead the Thunderbirds. Bryan Hooten and Brandon Rooney had 10 points each.
The Conway White ninth-grade boys basketball team opened play in the Wampus Cat Junior High Invitational with a 58-40 win over North Pulaski on Saturday.
With the win, the Kittens (9-4) will take on North Little Rock at 5 p.m. Monday.
Sidney Moore and James Grubbs led White with 13 points each. Deion Ball added 10.
FRIDAY’S LATE GAME
The Conway Wampus Cats (7-2) overpowered Wynne, 59-30 Friday night in boys basketball.
Colt Fason led the Cats with 17 points. Micah Delph and Glenn Norris had eight each. Tim Boyd added six.
Conway will take a break for the holidays, then play at 8:45 p.m. Dec. 27 in the Springdale Har-Ber Classic.