Photos by Kevin Nagle
Aggressive and physical, the Conway Wampus Cats freshmen pressured the Bryant Hornets into 20 turnovers and 4 of 19 shooting from the field in a 39-10 victory in the final non-conference game of the season on Monday night at the Bryant Middle School gym.
The Junior Wampus Cats rushed to a 16-3 lead in the first half sending the Hornets to the free throw line once. Bryant wound up 1 of 5 from the line in the game despite the physical nature of Conway’s defense.
Of course, tipoff was close to the time for kickoff.
On a 3-pointer by Tristan Calhoun, the Hornets were within 4-3. With 1:42 left when Bryant coach Tyler Posey called his first timeout, Conway White led 10-3. To that point, the Cats had attempted 11 shots, committed one turnover and had collected six rebounds, all on the offensive end. Meanwhile, Bryant had one field goal attempt — Calhoun’s — five turnovers and one defensive rebound.
Bryant went the final 4:07 of the first quarter and the first 3:23 of the second before getting another field goal. Matthew Sandidge hit an 8-footer to make it 16-5. After a Conway White free throw, Malcolm Moody scored on a short jumper and it was 17-7 with 1:43 left in the half.
But the Cats scored the last 4 points of the half to extend the lead to 21-7.
The Hornets went scoreless in the third quarter and it was 34-7 going into the fourth period. A 3-pointer for the Cats made it a mercy rule game and, with the clock running continuously, fouls started to be called. Jake Forst had a three-point play and Sandidge added a free throw to set the final score.
Conway out-rebounded Bryant 28-18 including 16 offensive boards. The Cats were 3 of 7 from the line.
The loss snapped Bryant’s three-game winning streak. The Hornets will try to get another one going on Thursday when they open Central Arkansas Junior High Conference play at Benton.