Take away Tuesday’s contest at Jacksonville, and North Pulaski made some progress last week.
The Falcons (4-13, 1-8 5A-Central) defeated West Helena, 64-59, last Thursday. On Friday, they lost to Pulaski Academy, 52-23, and then to Jacksonville, 77-24. Coach Stacy Dalmut was happy with last week as not only did North Pulaski notch a victory but scored more points against Pulaski Academy than in the first meeting between the two.
With post-season play out of reach, the Falcons set goals each game to obtain. One of those against Pulaski Academy was to score more points than in the first meeting. In the contest against Jacksonville, the goals were not obtained.
"Jacksonville is way ahead of us and pressed us the whole game, and we handled it pretty well except for the first few minutes," Dalmut said. "They were up 10-0 before I knew it. One of our goals was to score 40 points, and we didn’t meet that."
Against West Helena, sophomore Ilycia Carter piled up 25 points. Freshman Raigen Thomas added 12. Carter and senior Cathy Waylan had six apiece against Pulaski Academy.
A matchup at Mills on Friday is a game to which the Falcons are looking forward. In a Christmas tournament at Beebe, North Pulaski defeated Mills, 39-30. Going into the Friday’s matchup, North Pulaski knows it has a chance.
"I’ve told the kids they can’t be cocky and just think they can win it," Dalmut said. "I have been told that supposedly in the tournament they didn’t have all five of their starters because of the weather. You never know what can happen. Last week, Helena beat McClellan. So anything can happen."
Dalmut is still waiting for a game where the Falcons run their offense. A work in progress, North Pulaski can’t seem to run the plays in a game.
"(Tuesday against Jacksonville) We did not run one play tonight," she said. "I called one play the second half, and we never ran it. I don’t know why I have plays and don’t know why they don’t. I just think they are scared."
Perhaps that is another goal the Falcons can meet before the season ends.