Photos by Kevin Nagle
The first time the Bryant Lady Hornets freshmen and the Conway White Lady Wampus Cats freshmen played each other this season, back on Nov. 18, the Lady Hornets jumped out to a 12-2 lead by hitting their shots from the perimeter. It forced the Lady Cats’ compact zone to spread out to cover those shooters, opening up driving lanes and room in the post for Raven Loveless to operate a little more freely. The Lady Hornets went on to win 37-17.
In the rematch on Monday night, however, those shots wouldn’t fall early on so when the Lady Hornets tried to penetrate or get the ball inside, the packed-in Lady Cats’ defense collapsed.
As a result, it was tough for Bryant to get shots let alone score. It didn’t help the officials were “letting them play” as if they had somewhere else to be. When the Lady Hornets did get in the paint, it was rugged.
Conway White wound up forcing 19 turnovers and the Lady Hornets didn’t get on the board until Daniele Singleton hit a free throw with 2:05 left in the third quarter.
The Lady Cats didn’t do a lot of scoring either but wound up with a 21-5 win.
Jasmine Daniels and Baylee Rowton had Bryant’s lone field goals in the game. Loveless had a game-high seven rebounds. The Lady Hornets were 2 for 25 from the field and Singleton’s two free throws were the only two of the game. Conway White was 2 of 6 from the line.
Nyah Summerville led the Lady Cats with 8 points. Casey Ott had 7.
Conway led 7-0 after a quarter, 9-0 at the half and 15-1 going into the fourth quarter.
The game was the last non-conference contest for the Lady Hornets. They’ll get a fresh start in league play beginning this Thursday when they travel to Benton.