All the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats have been talking about is practice.
They haven’t played in nearly two weeks. It’s been longer than that since they have actually won a game.
Not since a pair of losses at a tournament in Murfreesboro has North Little Rock been in competition.
That all changes this week as the Conway Invitational, which was scheduled to begin on Monday, will get underway late this week. North Little Rock’s first game will be against Guy-Perkins, who historically has been a state title contender. But Lady Charging Wildcats’ coach Darryl Fimple said this is not your grandfather’s Guy-Perkins.
"They were supposed to be very good again," Fimple said, "but they had a kid move out and they had to dismiss one."
After cancelling a tilt with the Paragould Lady Rams and unable to agree on a make-up date, North Little Rock will hopefully find themselves without another weather break going into January. They are slated to play three games in four days in Conway, then they snagged a game on the last day of school before Christmas break against Jacksonville.
From there, they head off to Mountain Home for their annual Christmas tournament. The Mountain Home tournament has a loaded field including Fayetteville and Greenwood and the aforementioned Lady Rams.
North Little Rock could see the two-time 5A state runners-up in the second round after all if both take care of their openers in Mountain Home.
Fimple said his team has had time to heal and have only one minor ankle issue from Brogan Jones that is being dealt with. Fimple doesn’t believe he will need Jones’ services in the first game or two at Conway.