Conway White spoils Blue Hornets’ finale

Photos by Kevin Nagle

2.12BlueWestKNAfter falling behind by 11 early in the third quarter, the Bryant Blue Hornets eighth grade team of Bethel Middle School fought back to within 7 before the fourth quarter. But the Conway White Wampus Cats eighth grade team went on a 13-1 run to end the game, coming away with a 42-23 victory to conclude the Hornets’ season Thursday night.

Ethan Hilkret led Bethel with 8 points. Kayleb West and Cade Drennan added 5 each. Daniel Walter scored 2 with Codi Kirby, Ben Devine and Baker Bright pitching in with a free throw apiece.

The Hornets got off to a good start. After an opening 3 by the Cats, West answered with a triple. A layup by Drennan put them ahead and, after Conway tied it with free throws, Hilkret hit a jumper in the lane to make it 7-5.

Conway White scored in the late going to tie it 7-7 going into the second quarter. The Cats pushed the lead to 12-7 but free throws by Walter and Kirby had the Hornets within 14-10.

That’s when the Cats pushed the margin out to 10. Hilkret cut it to 8 but the Hornets were unable to get any closer, trailing 26-17 at the half.

Conway scored first in the second half as both teams struggled for a while. Drennan took a kick-out from Hilkret and popped a 3 and, after a free throw by Conway, West drove for a layup that had the Hornets within 29-22 with 2:38 left in the third quarter.

But Bethel only managed a free throw by Bright after that as Conway White took advantage and pulled away.

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