Frustration was North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut’s feeling after last Friday’s meeting with Little Rock Mills.
Knowing that was one game the Falcons (4-15, 1-10 5A-Central) had a chance to win, Dalmut warned her team to not take it for granted. North Pulaski beat Mills in a Christmas tournament in December but lost, 63-53, last Friday.
"I told them to not go in cocky since we had already beaten them," she said. "They did everything I told them not to. In the third quarter, we started doing what we were supposed to do, and I thought we were good. But, we beat ourselves."
In particular, North Pulaski didn’t cut off the sideline when running the press, didn’t get back when they needed to, didn’t run set plays which has been an issue all year and took bad shots instead of getting good looks. The plus side is the Falcons scored 53 points and were paced by senior Cathy Waylan’s 12.
"That (53 points) was a positive," Dalmut said. "We talked about that."
A 69-44 loss to Little Rock Christian was expected this past Tuesday, and sophomore Ilycia Carter was the leading scorer with 19 points. Now, the Falcons can concentrate on finishing the season on a high note. A win in the next three contests in a possibility. The quest begins Friday with senior night against Sylvan Hills.
"The girls are ready for Sylvan Hills, and it will be interesting because it’s senior night," Dalmut said. "Last Friday night was horrible for me. Thinking it could be a win for us and how we played that night was awful compared to how we can play. Interesting, the last time I saw the intensity of how we can play was against Sylvan Hills the first time."
One thing Dalmut did a while back was start playing her underclassmen. So freshman Raigen Thomas and Kiarra Evans have joined the starting lineup.
"Some of the seniors told me to start working on next year," she said. "They are such good kids and understand."