Conway’s girls went long distance at North Little Rock on Tuesday night, making 11 three-pointers in a 79-61 victory over North Little Rock at Charging Wildcat Arena in North Little Rock.
The Lady Wampus Cats made 8 of 11 three-pointers in the first half and led 46-26 at halftime. Getting off to a strong start was critical for the Lady Wampus Cats, Coach Ashley Hutchcraft said.
“We shoot a lot of threes. That’s our ammo,” Hutchcraft said. “We knew the importance of this game. I felt like our kids had a playoff mentality.”
Senior guard Myia Yelder led the Lady Wampus Cats with 26 points, including 3 three-pointers, and seven rebounds as Conway (21-3, 8-1 6A-Central Conference) swept the season series against North Little Rock (12-9, 6-3).
“That was a big game right there,” Yelder said. “They’re such a good team. It was a big win for us.”
Guard Asiyha Smith, also a senior, scored 13 points and made 3 three-pointers. She left the game with 6:19 left in the third quarter with a bone bruise in her right knee.
Junior guard Jadah Pickens added 10 points for the Lady Wampus Cats.
North Little Rock was led by senior guard De’myla Brown’s 20 points. Freshman forward Amauri Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Kennady Tucker added 12 points.
There were 59 fouls called and 77 free throws attempted. Conway went 27 of 33 at the free-throw line, while North Little Rock was 24 of 44.
The Lady Wampus Cats, who led 16-10 after the first quarter, hit seven three-pointers in the second quarter and outscored the Lady Charging Wildcats 30-16 in the quarter to take a 46-26 halftime lead. Smith made her 3 three-pointers in the quarter, and Yelder and senior guard Reagan Roetzel (nine points) each had two.
“The second quarter was nothing but confidence,” Hutchcraft said.
North Little Rock Coach Daryl Fimple credited the performance of Conway’s senior trio of Yelder, Smith and Roetzel in the second quarter.
“You can tell they’re seniors,” Fimple said. “They’ve played in that system for a while. I’ll be glad when they graduate. That will be a good time for me.”
Conway led 59-43 entering the fourth quarter, but North Little Rock used an 8-0 run to pull within 61-51 with 5:27 left.
However, Conway responded, as Roetzel hit her team’s 11th three-pointer with 5:13 remaining for a 64-51 advantage. Once Roetzel’s shot went down, Fimple said it was too much for North Little Rock to overcome.
“They’re such momentum threes,” Fimple said. “It’s not about how many they hit. It’s when they hit them that makes them big.
“If they’re on fire, they’re extremely tough.”
TEAM CONF. ALL
FS Northside ……………..9-0 21-0
North Little Rock ………..6-3 12-9
Bryant ……………………….4-5 13-7
Cabot ………………………..4-5 13-7
LR Central …………………3-6 8-12
Mount St. Mary ………….2-7 5-15
FS Southside ……………..0-9 0-19
Sports on 02/06/2019
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