After a week of practice following the season opener, Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustangs resumed play Tuesday at Class 7A North Little Rock.
It marked the start of a busy stretch.
After the Thanksgiving break, Steve Quattlebaum’s Lady Mustangs will play host to Little Rock Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 3, then play in their CAC/OrthoArkansas Classic at Mustang Mountain Dec. 5-7.
"We’ve just tried to prepare for North Little Rock with their pressure and their man-to-man defense," Quattlebaum said Sunday of his team’s preparation since its 53-31 win over Pottsville two weeks ago. "They’re really good."
The Lady Charging Wildcats brought an early-season experience advantage after having beaten Sylvan Hills, Cabot and Star City to win the Mount St. Mary tournament.
CAC prevailed over Little Rock Christian last year, 56-37, giving up just nine points in the first half. But Quattlebaum said the Lady Warriors were improved, based on what the Lady Mustangs saw in a summer team camp.
"They beat us once," he said. "They usually play us pretty tough. We’re expecting a good game out of that one."
He said the week of practice had helped his volleyball players get into basketball shape.
"I thought Sydnie (Jones) really played well (against Pottsville)," he said. "She’s practiced well. She’s stronger this year, and she seems more confident than last year. Jessica McCauley hit a big 3; maybe she can help us shooting."
One of the major positives from the opener, he said, was the turnover number before he started substituting liberally.
"We only had seven or eight turnovers going into the fourth quarter, which is way down, way down, from last year," he said. "Maybe that’s a good sign. We’ve been working on our defense a whole lot trying to get better."
In the OrthoArkansas Classic next week, CAC will face Maumelle, Camden Fairview and Bryant.
"Those are three quality teams," Quattlebaum said. "It’s going to be a busy week for us."