Conway High School Athletics


Cats dominate Airedales


Log Cabin Democrat | 1/30/2016

The Conway Wampus Cats found no trouble from 6A Central opponents, the Alma Airedales, Friday night at Buzz Bolding Arena.

The Lady Cats won, 87-42, and the Wampus Cats took a 79-66 victory.

The Lady Cats improved to 20-1 and 7-0 in 7A/6A Central competition with the last half of conference play coming up.

Conway’s defense helped the Lady Cats jump to a 34-9 lead after the first quarter was over.

“Our girls were really excited after practicing and beating Bryant on Tuesday,” Lady Cats coach Ashley Nance said. “We had a lot of people here and I think our girls fed off the atmosphere.”

Conway played the passing lanes and barely let anything by them, which led to several fast breaks.

The Lady Cats didn’t let up in the second quarter, heading into halftime with a 61-28 lead.

Conway kept its foot on the gas until midway through the third quarter where Nance elected to put in girls who don’t get much playing time.

“Anytime we can get those girls in, I think it’s good that they can get some experience,” she said. “It also betters us for the next few years.”

The Lady Cats scored just eight points in the fourth quarter, but held the Airdalettes (9-8, 2-4 6A/7A Central) to four points.

Conway’s Alexis Tollfree scored a game-high 28 points, followed by Savannah Lowe’s 15 and Fut’ra Banks’ 14.

The Conway boys team (9-9, 5-2) had a tougher test than the Lady Cats, but never trailed in the game.

“Against Bryant, we couldn’t score, but tonight, we put some points on the board and that helped us get the win because (Alma) is a scrappy team and they pushed a lot of shots,” Wampus Cats coach Will Johnson said.

Alma (9-8, 2-4) used a small rotation of six players for most of the game with its leading scorer out, but had to dig deeper into the bench after four of its starters fouled out during the fourth quarter.

Conway’s Kendarious Smith led all scorers with 29 points, followed by Prentice Mullins’ and Clay Bradshaw’s 11.

Mullins fouled out early in the fourth quarter.

Smith received a technical foul in the second quarter on a dunk when a referee said he pulled up on the rim.

The Airedales were led by Noah Dotson’s 20 points, followed by Heath Friddle’s 17 and Will Cluck’s 16 points.

Both Conway teams will host Siloam Springs on Tuesday night for a set of makeup games from Jan. 22.