Pressure no problem for Lady Hornets

The Bryant Lady Hornets withstood the Conway Lady Wampus Cats’ pressure and picked up a 68-60 conference win on the road on Tuesday night at Buzz Bolding Arena in Conway.

“Any time you go on the road in this conference and get a win, [it’s a good thing],” Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. “It was a tremendous win by our team. It was a tremendous victory tonight for our kids.”

Bryant received two double-double performances from its post players as sophomore Taneasha Rhode scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and junior Courtney Davidson scored 15 points and recorded 10 rebounds.

The Lady Hornets (11-7, 3-1 7A/6A Central) led 11-10 after the first quarter and handled the Lady Wampus Cats’ pressure to go into the half leading by eight points, 28-20. Matthews said that junior guard Logan Davis and sophomore Dezarea Duckworth played well defensively and with handling Conway’s pressure.

“Conway just continually puts pressure on you from tip to buzzer,” Matthews said. “We withstood it for the most part and really played well – played one of our better games this year by far. [Conway] puts so much pressure on you that they force you to make plays. Tonight we were fortunate enough to do that. It was a great game.”

Though the Lady Wampus Cats made a run in the third quarter hitting six 3-pointers by four different players, the Lady Hornets still outscored Conway in the third quarter 22-21 in taking a 50-41 lead going into the fourth. Matthews credited rebounding as the key to the win.

“I thought tonight was by far our best rebounding effort of the year,” he said. “Our kids fought. Conway is just so athletic and aggressive on the boards. Our kids just did a tremendous job on the boards tonight. We held them to one shot a lot of the game.”

Junior guard Kiara Moore scored 21 points for Bryant, including 5 of 5 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help preserve victory.