By DAVID MCCOLLUM
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
With the rain coming down in torrents outside Buzz Bolding Arena and Conway’s Wampus Cats hanging tough with Little Rock Parkview on Tuesday night, the Patriots produced a flash flood.
With Parkview leading 19-15, the Patriots’ Jaylen Franklin drove for a basket, missed the ensuing free throw, then rebounded his own miss for a four-point play. That began a 24-3 run that eventually produced a 70-36 victory.
"I took him (Franklin) out because he wasn’t doing anything," said Parkview coach Al Flanigan. "When I put him back in, he did the right thing. Instead of getting mad at me, he took it out on Conway."
Leading 43-18 at the half, the Patriots scored three straight layups (two off steals) to begin the second half. That put the total of the onslaught to 30-3.
"We got a little better intensity (during the run)," said Flanigan. "We picked it up on defense. We were trying to switch on every ball pick because we know they (the Wampus Cats) have shooters."
STAT LEADERS: Anton Beard led the Patriots with 23 points while I.J. Ready added 22. Franklin had 15 and seven rebounds. Justin Leon was the only Wampus Cat in double figures with 17. Dominic Taylor added eight.
THE SITUATION: At the halfway point of the 7A/6A season, Conway fell to 3-4 in the league and 12-7 overall. The Patriots, a 6A team, are 12-2 and 6-1.
The Lady Cats led Parkview, 35-26, with 3:44 left in the third quarter. Then, the Lady Patriots, led by Christyal Holloway and Roshunda Johnson, began more aggressively attacking the middle and inside of the Lady Cat defense. That led to Parkview taking control of the game in a 55-50 victory.
With the score tied at 41 early in the fourth quarter, Holloway scored on a drive, Johnson hit a layup, then Derriel Banyard slipped behind the Conway defense for another layup to give Parkview a 47-41 lead with 4:00 left.
The Lady Cats drew within 51-50 with 3:07 left on a 3-pointer by Enjonae Chambers and a free throw by Jordan Danberry before the Lady Patriots, off their delay game, got a putback and hit three free throws to close out the victory.
STAT LEADERS: Holloway and Johnson each had 12 points for Parkview. Banyard added 11. Kianna Speights and Chambers had 14 for the Lady Cats while McCall Wilkins and Danberry added 10.
THE SITUATION: Conway fell to 2-5 in the league at the halfway point and 12-7 overall. Parkview is 9-3, 5-2.
NEXT: Conway teams begin the second half of the season with home games Friday against Russellville.
(David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)