In the final games of the first half oF 7/6A Central Conference play; the Conway Wampus Cats split a pair of makeup games to the Siloam Springs Panthers at Buzz Bolding Arena on Tuesday night.
As they have done in their last four games, the Lady Cats (21-1, 8-0) blew out the Lady Panthers (10-10, 3-4) with a 69-22 win. “The snow day really worked out for us because we got to play tonight and didn’t have to have a week before the Van Buren game Friday,” Conway coach Ashley Nance said.
Siloam Springs struggled with shooting, making just four shots of the field. The Lady Cats had a bit of trouble in the first two minutes of the game, but the offense quickly turned around and jumped to a 47-17 lead by halftime.
Conway’s Maggie Evans and Fut’ra Banks had four fouls at halftime, leading to 11 points at the free-throw line from the Lady Panthers. Banks fouled out at the 6:33 mark of the third quarter. Because of the first half surge by the Lady Cats, Nance put in her reserves for the rest of the game midway through the third quarter. The reserves played about as good, if not better, defense as the starters, only allowing three points through the final 12 minutes.
Conway’s Alexis Tolefree led all scorers with 31 points, outscoring the Lady Panthers by herself. Savannah Lowe followed her with 14 points, while Siloam Springs’ Haley Stewart and Hadlee Hollenback finished with a team-high of seven points. “All of our girls have the green light,” Nance said. “Alexis Tolefree hasn’t shot well in the last few games, but she’s still scoring 28, 30 points.”
The Conway boys (9-10, 5-3) lost. 49-47, to Siloam Springs (16-5, 6-1), the conference’s second-place team. “I thought we played hard and had our chances, but we didn’t convert and it cost us,” Conway coach Will Johnson said. The Wampus Cats jumped to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Panthers offense came alive, scoring 17 points behind Kyle Camisky and Kyle Snavely’s seven points.
Siloam Springs took the lead in the second quarter, while Conway’s offense went dry, and held a 25-22 lead at halftime.
The Panthers never lost the lead for the rest of the game, but the Wampus Cats never let the lead slip too far. Conway fought at the end of the game, coming within one point with 35.1 seconds left, but failed to take the lead on a putback layup by Kendarious Smith on its next possession. Snavely scored a game-high 23 points, while Smith led the Wampus Cats with 15 points. Both Conway teams travel to Van Buren on Friday.