Kendarious Smith scored 16 points, and the hot-shooting Wampus Cats earned their third consecutive victory by topping host Catholic 67-44 in a 7A/6A-Central Conference game Tuesday night.
Conway (8-8, 3-1) hit 11 of 19 three-point attempts and was 24 of 43 from the floor in a game in which the Cats never trailed.
"We've shot the ball well lately, and I hope it continues," Conway Coach Will Johnson said. "But ultimately, it starts with defense. When we rebound the ball, it allows us to get out on the break. If we're pushing the ball and we're getting back and moving the ball well, these guys will find the open shooter, and they'll be able to knock down shots."
Smith also finished with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
Ten Conway players scored, and seven of them hit three-pointers, including three each from Junior Williams and Jamaal Clifton. Conway outrebounded Catholic 23-21.
Junior Brian Beckwith led Catholic (1-13, 0-4) with 12 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Austin Alsbrook scored seven of his 10 points from the free-throw line, and junior Jack Mathis added eight points. Catholic was 3 of 9 from three-point range and 16 of 39 on all shots from the floor.
Clifton scored eight in the first quarter as Conway jumped out to a 15-6 advantage. Clifton finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
"Jamaal is our senior, he's our captain, he can score," Williams said. "He can get some things done offensively. And he's been that guy for us that's turned it on defensively. He's had some really tough defensive assignments. He's had a tough go of it, but he's really done a good job."