The Russellville Cyclones were derailed 47-42 by the Conway Wampus Cats on Tuesday inside Cyclone Arena.
Russellville (8-5, 1-1 7A/6A-Central Conference) led at the end of three periods, but when Conway (6-8, 2-0) took a 41-10 lead with 2:50 left in the game, the Cyclones couldn’t recover.
Russellville tried to put the Wampus Cats on the foul line, but solid shooting from Conway and cold shooting from the Cyclones doomed their final moments in the game. K.J. Patrick hit a field goal with 1:33 left in the game to make it 43-42, but that was all she wrote for the Cyclones.
Russellville took a 13-6 lead at the end of the first period. Patrick scored the Cyclones’ first three points with a layup and the front end of a pair of free throws. Conway tied the score with a 3-pointer, but Zach Carter hit a pair of free throws to go up 5-3.
The Wampus Cats again tied the score, but Carter and Jacob Boles closed the period with a 3-pointer (Carter) and an immediate steal and layup (Boles) to make it 13-6.
Conway took a 22-21 lead with just over 1:35 left in the first half, but Boles put Russellville back on top with a layup. Boles struck again, almost immediately, after a steal at midcourt was fed to him for a layup to put the Cyclones up 25-22 at halftime.
Patrick hit a 3-pointer to open the second half. Matt Laws hit a free throw to make it 29-22. Conway later took a 33-31 lead, but Steven Baty’s layup knotted the score. Patrick hit a bucket near the end of the period for a 35-33 lead.