Even though the North Pulaski Lady Falcons suffered a 65-49 setback to Jacksonville this past Tuesday, Coach Stacy Dalmut had some things about which to be pleased.
For the first time in a while, the Lady Falcons (3-9, 0-3 5A-Central) played a full four quarters. Not playing the entire game had been an issue for North Pulaski for about the last five games.
"We played well and did so much better playing all four quarters," Dalmut said. "Turnovers and missed easy baskets killed us. We had adrenaline going and had some great shots. They just didn’t fall, and I can’t fault the girls for that."
Dalmut said the Lady Falcons pulled to within two in the second quarter, but Jacksonville had a 10-point lead at halftime North Pulaski could never overcome. Still, Dalmut said the Lady Falcons played better overall in the second half.
"I saw something at school today (Tuesday) that I hadn’t seen in a while," she said. "I could tell the girls were confident, and I hadn’t seen that for a while. They knew they played well."
The other thing Dalmut was happy with was the way the girls fought back during the game and didn’t get down on themselves or each other. Instead of folding, the Lady Falcons picked themselves up and kept playing hard.
Freshman Allison Seats led North Pulaski with 16 points. Junior Ilycia Carter added nine, and sophomores Kiarra Evans and Raigen Thomas chipped in eight apiece.
The performance against Jacksonville was welcomed after a 57-27 loss to Pulaski Academy last Friday. Dalmut said that contest was the same old same old where North Pulaski came out flat to begin the game. Admittedly, she said the Lady Bruins are better than the Lady Falcons, but North Pulaski did not perform for all four quarters.
Friday, the Lady Falcons travel to Little Rock Mills. If they are to grab one of the state tournament berths, a victory is important. Dalmut said Mills is a lot like her team and is scrappy.
"We have to go out and play four quarters," she said. "If we carry over how we played Tuesday to Friday, I know we can win. It’s just whether we can do that."