NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Conway Christian girls basketball team continues to reach new heights.
After defeating Class 7A-member Cabot, the Lady Eagles took down host Central Arkansas Christian 72-60 Friday night to reach tonight’s finals of the CAC/Ortho Arkansas Invitational. With the win, Conway Christian (9-2) will take on another 7A opponent, this time North Little Rock at 6 p.m.
"This is a big win for the team and the school," Lady Eagles coach Ashley Nance said. "It was a huge game for us. ... We want to give North Little Rock a run for their money, and regardless of what happens, this has been the biggest week for us in our school’s basketball history."
Bre’Anna Hobbs led Conway Christian with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals. Christina DenHartog added 16 points, four assists and three steals, while Kelly Hays added 14 points. Mallory Clutts posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
"The game was really won in the paint," Nance said. "Mallory and Bre did a good job of controlling that situation."
Hobbs was also named the player of the game.
Cheyenne Wood finished with eight points, six rebounds and three assists, while Alexi Dather finished with six points.
ST. JOSEPH SENIOR BOYS
A strong start lifted St. Joseph to a 52-36 win over Quitman in Friday night’s senior boys game.
Leading 15-7 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs (12-2, 2-1) extended their lead to 30-12 at halftime and coasted from there.
"We played a solid first half, and our intensity in the second half was not what it needed to be," St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich said.
Marcus Kordsmeier finished with 13 points and five assists to pace the Bulldogs. Jesse Ligh added nine points, while Tyler Jones had seven points and four steals. Zach Hambuchen had five points and eight boards, and Harrison Hambuchen scored four points. Cash Schichtl chipped in six rebounds and four blocks.
ST. JOSEPH SENIOR GIRLS
After a close first half, the St. Joseph senior girls pulled away from Quitman in the second half on their way to a 44-24 win Friday night.
Leading just 14-11 at halftime, the Lady Bulldogs (13-1, 3-0) went on an 18-7 run in the third quarter and then held Quitman to just six points in the fourth.
"I was real pleased with our defensive effort the whole game," St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier said. "The offense was much better in the second half."
Kelsey Davidson led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and added five rebounds. Brooke Enderlin scored 10 points and had eight steals and six assists, while Amy Schichtl had seven points and six rebounds. Rebecca Moix scored six points to go along with four steals. Heather Moix also scored six points and had seven rebounds and three blocks.
"We are looking forward to the Christmas break to get healthy and re-engergized for the second half of the year," Kordsmeier said.
ST. JOSEPH JUNIOR GIRLS
The St. Joseph junior girls defeated Quitman 34-22 Friday night.
Morgan Kordsmeier led the Junior Lady Bulldogs (8-3, 1-1) with 12 points. Rachel Briggler added nine points, while Megan Briggler scored six points and chipped in six rebounds and five steals.
MAYFLOWER SENIOR GIRLS
The Mayflower senior girls had three players in double figures Friday night as they defeated Arkansas Baptist 47-43.
Lujza Burrinova led the Lady Eagles with 15 points. Olivia Gray scored 12, while Erica Croft had 11. Kerri Fortson added seven points and a team-high 14 rebounds.
MAYFLOWER SENIOR BOYS
Arkansas Baptist took care of Mayflower with a 57-29 win in senior boys action Friday night.
Alex Williams led the Eagles with nine points.
MAYFLOWER JUNIOR GIRLS
Mayflower’s junior girls came up just short against Arkansas Baptist on Friday night.
Arkansas Baptist held on for a 32-31 win.
Tierra Lasker and Shelby Cagle had six points each to lead the Junior Lady Eagles.
BCMS 8th girls
Bob Courtway Middle School’s eighth-grade girls upped their record to 3-0 with a 33-31 win over previously undefeated Cabot South on Thursday.
After trailing by four at halftime, the Lady Kittens turned up the pressure defensively and outscored Cabot 13-2 in the third quarter. The Lady Panthers were able to pull within two with 10 seconds left but were unable to make a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.
Sidney Mitchum led all scorers with 15 points and had 10 rebounds. Hope Ison added nine points and led the defense with five steals. Alyssa Strickland added six points, and Bailey McKee had three.
The Lady Kittens will take on Greenbrier Monday and face Carl Stuart on Tuesday.
CSMS 7th girls
Carl Stuart Middle School’s girls A team went to 3-0 Thursday with a 38-8 romp over Morrilton. Jordan Danberry led the Lady Kittens with 12 points and eight steals, Kianna Speight added 10 points and six steals, Asia Willard had seven points and four steals, Christin Rogers added four points and five rebounds.
The B team lost 6-5. Madison Withrow had all five points.
CSMS 7th boys
Carl Stuart’s seventh-grade boys defeated Morrilton on Thursday in two games.
The CSMS A team won 40-31. Javonte Ellis led with 12 points, Kennedy King added nine, Jacarious Stewart six, Jacob Adams five and Nick Starr four. Brock Mitchell and Matt Shiew added two points. Chase Longing, Harrison Pew and Denzel Pew were defensive standouts.
Carl Stuart won the B game 22-17. Leading scorers for Carl Stuart were Orlando Hinton, six; Ben Barnett, Cole Henderson, and Michael Garlington, four each, Colton Jackson and Chris Jackson added two points. Ethan Davis, Cory Morris and Saxson Smith contributed on defense.