FAYETTEVILLE -- Fayetteville coach Kyle Adams may be feeling a bit better after missing Wednesday's game with Bentonville West because of illness.
Jon Conley scored 17 points and Collin Cooper had 16 to lead Fayetteville to a 69-63 victory over the Wolverines in 7A-West Conference action at the Bulldogs gym. The Bulldogs were guided by assistant coach Brad Stamps, who filled in for Adams, who was sick on Wednesday.
"Kyle's under the weather, running a fever and he didn't want to get anybody else sick," Stamps said. "We told him it's a collective responsibility for all of us and that we all have to do our job. Once he sees the score and how we held on, he's going to be proud of us."
The game matched Stamps against Bentonville West coach Greg White, who was an assistant under Stamps at Springdale High and Shiloh Christian.
West (14-8, 4-5) played much better after losing 65-49 to Fayetteville at home on Jan. 9. The Wolverines eased ahead 51-50 after a free throw by Gabe Hornsby midway through the fourth quarter. But Fayetteville regained the lead behind Conley and Cooper, who combined to make 13 of 16 free throws. The Bulldogs finished 25 of 34 from the free-throw line while West was 10 of 17.
"We made free throws when we had to and the guys made big defensive plays down the stretch," Stamps said. "Give credit to West, they kept coming back and fighting."
Hornsby scored 14 points for West while Frank Morgan added 11 for Fayetteville (14-7, 7-2), which has won four consecutive.
The lead changed a handful of times in the second quarter after Fayetteville grabbed a 17-13 lead after one quarter. Bentonville pulled ahead 23-21 with the help of 3-pointers by Collier Blackburn and Collin Blackburn and a fastbreak slam dunk by Hornsby that ignited the Wolverines' bench.
Fayetteville regained a 32-31 lead at halftime behind the play of Conley, who had 21 points in the Bulldogs' 50-37 victory over Bentonville High last Friday. West also had trouble containing Conley, who made aggressive moves to the basket from his guard position.
West had 10 points in the first half, including a steal and a layup followed seconds later by a baseline drive to put the Bulldogs ahead 32-31.
Bentonville West 13 18 17 15 --^63
Fayetteville 17 15 18 19 --^69
West (14-8, 4-5): Hornsby 14, Barron 13, Blackburn 12, Bailey 11, Larsen 7, Blackburn 6,
Fayetteville (14-7, 7-2): Conley 17, Cooper 16, Morgan 12, Bowers 8, Schach 6, Johnson 5, Releford 5.
Fayetteville 64, Bentonville 46
Fayetteville outlasted Bentonville West after grabbing leads of 11-0 and 22-11 in the first quarter.
Bentonville West rallied from its slow start and got to within 49-42 in the fourth quarter after a driving layup by Kadie Kultgen. But Fayetteville responded with two inside basket by Jasmine Franklin and a 3-pointer from Coriah Beck to pull away again.
Beck finished with 18 points to lead a balanced scoring ledger for Fayetteville (17-3, 9-0). Franklin added 17, followed by Kennedy Bobbitt with 12, and Sasha Goforth with 11.
Kelsie Mahone scored 10 points to lead Bentonville West (1-8, 8-13).
"(West) is getting better and better and they've had some really close conference games," Fayetteville coach Vic Rimmer said. "We had a chance to put them away but they wouldn't go away. We missed some shots. We had to grind it out."
Beck had eight points in the first quarter to help Fayetteville to a 22-11 lead. Four players had nine points each in the second quarter when Fayetteville led 36-21.
Franklin, a senior center, began the third quarter with a wide open 3-pointer to put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 40-23.
Bentonville West 11 10 16 9 -- 46
Fayetteville 22 14 13 15 -- 64
West (1-8, 8-13): Mahone 10, Kash 9, Wilson 8, Kultgen 7, Montgomery 4, Clifton 4, Wood 4.
Fayetteville (17-3, 9-0): Beck 18, Franklin 17, Bobbitt 12, Goforth 11, Webb 3, Unruh 2, Bailey 1.Preps Basketball on 02/08/2018
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