Wampus Cats Basketball Finish 3rd at Hot Springs Tournament


Pierson Wekkin

Conway Wampus Cats take on the Hot Springs Trojans in the 3rd place game of Hot Springs’s home tournament December 1-3.

Pierson Wekkin, Sports Reporter

Conway Boys Varsity Basketball finished 3rd at the Hot Springs tournament  held December 1-3. 

Their first game of the tournament was notable as it was new head coach’s Marcus Adam’s revenge game against his old team. The first half went pretty smoothly with the offense flowing and the defense locking down hard on Watson Chapel. The Wampus Cats were up 42-22 at halftime and were fired up to close the game out with putting up 30 more points as they finished with a dominant 72-42 win. They returned back to Hot Springs on Friday and we went against a tough, gritty Little Rock Christian team. The Cats battled for the majority of the game with both teams being neck in neck and went into halftime down by 5 points. The game only went downhill for Conway as they started off the third quarter strong but we weakened in intensity as the game went along. Ultimately CHS allowed LRC to knock down 5 threes in 5 straight possessions and couldn’t recover from the 15-point deficit.  Although they lost 75-53 they were able to identify weaknesses to work on as they get closer to conference play in January.

Saturday, the Cats took on the home team Hot Springs. The crowd was roaring as the game got intense and heated as both teams’ offense flourished and the defensive battle was subpar as the Wampus Cats couldn’t get a rebound to save their life. This was a very close and entertaining game as it was tied halftime and after half the Wampus Cats were fueled with fire as they used this fire to step up their quality of play. It was down to the wire with it being 48-46 with a couple of seconds left until Hot Springs fouled and Conway executed these free throws and took the game out of reach. With the 50-46 win Conway Boys Varsity finished 3rd in the tournament. Senior Boogie Carr described the tournament as, “A learning experience that we could use to correct our mistakes and grow from.”