Aggressive Cats overwhelm freshman Hornets

Photos by Kevin Nagle

Matthew Sandidge (22). (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Matthew Sandidge (22). (Photo 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.

Malcolm Moody (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Malcolm Moody (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Brooks Ellis (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Brooks Ellis (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

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