By DAVID MCCOLLUM
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
Short and short-handed, the Conway Wampus Cats riddled Little Rock Catholic from long range Friday night.
The Cats hit nine 3-pointers on the way to a 68-38 romp over the Rockets at Buzz Bolding Arena to stay in a tie for second in the 7A-Central Conference race.
Conway was playing without two of its inside players, Xavier Clardy and Everette Reed. Clardy had foot surgery this week and is lost for the season. Reed was in an automobile accident and has yet to be cleared to play by his doctors.
"It was a lingering thing with Clardy," Conway coach James Bates said. "We had been evaluating it for three or four weeks and there was a danger it would get worse. It’s not worth risking that."
Using their quickness and their guards’ ability to hit open shots, the Cats moved out and fired away with accuracy. Kevin Guiden and Glenn Norris, who have been used primarily in reserve roles, added their shooting touch. The Rockets (8-4, 3-2), forced into a fullcourt game began wearing down in the second quarter and flamed out the third quarter.
Back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers by Guiden, Norris and Micah Delph broke open a tightly contested game and powered the Cats to a 34-25 lead at the half.
Guiden added two more 3-pointers in the third period and TeShawn Sims and Delph added one each as the Cats put the game away with a 24-6 quarter.
"We have to be fast now," Bates said. "That means we may give up some easy stuff but we’ve got to push the tempo. We have some skilled ballplayers if we get in an open-court game."
Delph and Guiden, who was three for three from 3-point range, led the Cats (13-4, 4-1) with 15 points each. Sims and Norris added nine.
Guiden had been out for two games with a knee injury.
"He can shoot the ball," said Bates. "He’s been a very patient kid. He played some early, then he didn’t play as much when the football guys came out. With the injury, he was next and he came out and had a good game."
Coming off a loss Tuesday night to Russellville, the Conway girls (16-2, 4-2) routinely put away Mount St. Mary, 60-47.
CHS coach Ashley Nance played her substitutes freely.
"I liked the way we responded after the loss to Russellville," Nance said. "You learn more from a loss than a win. We needed that.
"This was a very good game from us before (league-leading) North Little Rock (Tuesday night). No one is hurt. No one is sore. And we played well after a defeat."
Taylor Gault led Conway with 16 points, 13 in the first half. Claire Hobbs added 10, Enjonae Chambers nine and Madison Foster eight.
The Conway teams will complete the first half of the conference schedule Tuesday with makeup games at North Little Rock.