That’s when the Lady Bears (15-0, 3-0) travel to Conway to take on a highly ranked Lady Wampus Cat squad with first place in the conference at stake.
Last season, Conway (3-0, 16-2) took two of three games against Northside. Each team won at home, while Conway also beat the Lady Bears in the 7A semifinals in North Little Rock.
Then this Friday, the Lady Bears return home to face North Little Rock, which went on to beat Conway last season for the 7A title.
“You’ve got the defending state champion and the defending state runner-up,” Northside coach Rickey Smith said. “It’s a tough week; not many people play two teams like that in the same week, but on paper, Conway’s the favorite in our conference based on what they had coming back and we know that.
“We know going in, it’s a huge ballgame, but there’s 11 of them (conference games) left. I don’t want to get my kids too high for Tuesday and then not come back for Friday. ... Our kids are excited; they know Conway put us out last year, and they know it’s a big ballgame, but it’s not the big ballgame.”
The Lady Bears tuned up for this pivotal week by rolling past Mount St. Mary, 63-27, in Northside’s conference home opener last Friday.
On the boys side, Northside takes on a Conway squad that is currently leading the conference. The Wampus Cats (12-3, 3-0), who won at Cabot last Friday, are the only conference team yet to lose in the 6A-Central portion of the schedule.
The Grizzlies (11-6, 2-1) could have easily been entering Tuesday’s game with sole possession of first place going to the winner. However, they were shocked in their home opener by Little Rock Catholic, 55-50, which dropped Northside into a four-way tie for second place....