LITTLE ROCK — The St. Joseph basketball teams combined for a three-way sweep of Little Rock Episcopal on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (13-2) won the senior boys game 45-30 behind a solid defensive performance.
Leading just 7-5 after the first quarter, St. Joseph extended its lead to 21-10 at halftime. The Bulldogs kept momentum in its favor in the second half.
"We played our best defensive game of the year so far," St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich said. "We controlled their penetration and did a fine job on the boards. Offensively, we didn’t execute like I wanted to, but we did in spurts."
Tyler Jones led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Marcus Kordsmeier added seven points, seven assists and four steals. Cash Schichtl chipped in six points and five rebounds; Zach Hambuchen five points and nine rebounds; Jesse Light five points and Wade Beck seven rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs took a 54-27 victory in their contest.
Kelsey Davidson led St. Joseph (14-1) with 19 points. Heather Moix added 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Amy Schichtl scored eight points. Brooke Enderlin finished with six points and five assists, and Rebecca Moix chipped in three assists and three steals.
"We had a better offensive night," Lady Bulldogs coach Chris Kordsmeier said. "We shot the ball much better. I liked our scoring balance and our play from the bench."
In the junior boys game, St. Joseph took a 38-24 win.
Andrew Beck led the way with 21 points. Cole Schichtl added seven points and six rebounds.
Conway Christian senior girls
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Conway Christian Lady Eagles may have been the smallest school at the Central Arkansas Christian/Ortho Arkansas Invitational, but that didn’t keep them from making a statement.
Facing what was likely the best team in the tournament, the Lady Eagles ran into a tough challenge and fell 64-40 to Class 7A-foe North Little Rock in Saturday night’s championship game. But the start was much better for Conway Christian (9-3). The Lady Charging Wildcats led just 39-30 at halftime.
"It was a different level," Lady Eagles coach Ashley Nance said. "In the first half, we played with them. It was a great first half.
"The difference between 2A and 7A is the depth. You couldn’t really tell a difference in (North Little Rock’s) first five and their second five."
Mallory Clutts led Conway Christian with 16 points and seven rebounds.
"She played to 7A/North Little Rock level," Nance said. "She played unbelievable. I was really proud of her."
Christian DenHartog added eight points, while Kelly Hays scored seven points to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Greenbrier junior girls
Searcy handed the Greenbrier junior girls their first loss in conference play with a 41-35 victory Thursday night.
The Lady Panthers fell to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in Central Arkansas Junior High Conference play.
Samantha Smith, Lhear Tapley and Bailey Reynolds led the Panthers with 14, seven, and six points, respectively.
In the eighth-grade game, the Lady Panthers won 28-24. Sydney Smith contributed nine points while Laura Miron had six.
Catie Metcalf and Ashley Anderson each had four points.
The Panthers will be back in action Monday Night in a nonconference game at Conway Blue.