In a 54-49 loss to Little Rock Mills last Friday, North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut felt an assortment of emotions.
Because of an altercation halfway through the fourth quarter, the Lady Falcons’ bench was ejected. That meant only five players were left to finish the game. Dalmut was embarrassed and disappointed but also proud for how her five players finished the contest.
"The game was pretty physical, and in the fourth quarter Raigen Thomas’ shoe came off and girls were falling over her," Dalmut said. "Kristin Munn was on the floor and got punched. She started pushing back, and my manager is her sister she so got involved. I left the bench to de-escalate it and not knowing the bench followed me. They and my assistant coach were all ejected, and I had exactly five players left."
Dalmut tries to teach her players to have class in everything they do, thus the emotions of disappointment and embarrassment. Yet, she just couldn’t help be proud of the remaining five players. After a flat third quarter that was rare, the Lady Falcons (4-16, 1-10 5A-Central) turned up the offensive production in the fourth period.
"The third quarter killed us," Dalmut said. "That is usually our quarter, and we only scored four points. We finished the fourth with 19 points. (After the ejections) the last four minutes, that was the hardest I’ve seen the girls play all year."
Junior Ilycia led North Pulaski with 16 points, and Thomas also reached double digits with 12. Freshman Allison Seats added eight points, Kiarra Evans chipped in seven and Munn finished with four.
In a 77-39 loss to Little Rock Christian this past Tuesday, North Little Rock once again had to play without its reserves as the ejected players had to sit out the next contest. Dalmut did have two junior varsity players not dressed out last week, and thus were able to give her seven players. Carter was the leading scorer with 15 points, Seats contributed nine, Evans added eight, Raigen Thomas chipped in four and Joirdon Thomas finished with three.
In a matchup at Sylvan Hills on Friday, Dalmut will have her entire team back with Munn not able to play the second half. In the first meeting with Sylvan Hills, the Lady Falcons won by 20 points. Dalmut’s personal goal is to have one more victory than the previous year, and wins over Sylvan Hills and against Little Rock McClellan next Tuesday can obtain that objective for her.