In a dogfight Friday night, the Conway Wampus Cats had a devil of a time trying to stop one Pointer.
The Cats, shorthanded a post man, used a third-quarter surge to finally shake the Van Buren Pointers and Devon Goodwin, 59-50, at Buzz Bolding Arena.
Goodwin scored 17 of the Pointers’ first 17 points and finished with 32 of the 50.
"What we tried to do all night was stop Goodwin," said Conway coach James Bates, whose team upped its record to 6-6, 16-9. "We tried doubling him in the backcourt and he’d beat us. We tried to take away his right hand and he’d go the other way and score on us. Fortunately, the other players didn’t hit the open 3-pointers."
Conway pulled from a 27-19 halftime advantage to lead 43-26 late in the third quarter.
Then, came a flurry of turnovers and missed shots and Goodwin began scoring from the lane area in, leading the Pointers (10-15, 3-9) to a 16-5 run that drew them within 48-42 midway through the quarter.
Garan Davis stopped the leak with two free throws, then Tim Boyd hit seven free throws down the stretch to protect the cushion.
The Pointers helped by taking more than 30 seconds off the clock at 1:20 trying to get a shot, trailing 52-43, effectively turning it into a delay game.
"We attacked on offense and we thought we came together," Bates said.
Everett Reed, the Cats’ post, did not play because of a head injury suffered earlier in the week against Bryant. He took a charge, fell to the floor and hit his head. Bates said he’s out indefinitely.
"Garan came through with some big plays and Trent Walder, who can play several different positions, stepped up for us as a sophomore," said Bates.
Boyd led Conway with 21 points, Davis added 14 and Walder had nine.
The Wampus Cats travel to Russellville on Tuesday night.
The Conway girls had the Lady Pointers in their sights but misfired in key situations in a 57-51 loss to the Lady Pointers.
The Conway girls (11-13, 3-9) trailed by 11 early in the fourth quarter. A 10-2 run, key by 3-pointers from Enjonae Chambers and Madison Foster brought the Lady Cats within 45-42.
Then they missed shots on three straight possessions and three free throws and an uncontested ddrive through the Conway defense by Kirby Blake gave Van Buren (19-7, 7-5) an eight point cushion.
The Lady Cats pulled within five in the final 2:22, then missed shots on five straight possessions allowing the Lady Pointers, erratic with both their foul shooting and ballhandling to hang on.
Chambers led Conway with 19 points. Foster added 13.
Blake had 25 for Van Buren. Malorie Brown added 18.