So close but not quite for North Pulaski on Tuesday.
Even though, the Falcons(3-10, 0-5 5A-Central) lost to Sylvan Hills, 57-46, Coach Stacy Dalmut was pleased with North Pulaski’s performance except for one quarter.
"We played well," she said. "We were excited because we were just down by two (24-22) at the half. The third quarter got us, and that is usually our quarter. It was pointed out to me that we had like 13 turnovers."
Senior Cathy Waylan notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Ilycia Carter added 10 points and freshman Kiarra Evans contributed nine
"Sylvan Hills has very talented people who can shoot a little and we don’t," Dalmut said. "We can play some defense, and I think that rattled them because I switched it up. What we didn’t do was answer the three-pointer. The fourth quarter was better, and we outrebounded them like 44-22."
Tuesday’s performance was welcomed after North Pulaski suffered a 59-25 setback to Little Rock Christian last Friday. That outcome led Dalmut to introduce new drills in practice this week.
"We didn’t play our kind of ball," Dalmut said. "We had bad things from the beginning and were down 18-0. I put some new drills in in practice, and the girls responded well. The drills allow us to work on the little things I have been talking about for the last six to seven games. We have been walking way too much, and the drills have helped."
Against Sylvan Hills, Dalmut could tell the drills in practice were transpiring to the games. What the Falcons still need to work on is the offense. While the girls can’t run the set plays, they are passing better and starting to see the open spots under the basket.
"I run a motion offense so the girls aren’t running it exactly," Dalmut said. "We beat Sylvan Hills off their press, and I thought we passed well down low."
The Falcons host McClellan on Friday, and that is a game where the Falcons have a chance.
"If we play like we did Tuesday, it will be a tough battle," Dalmut said. "McClellan is lacking this year, and my girls are ready for it."