Steve Quattlebaum only thought his Central Arkansas Lady Mustangs would have a busy 11 days.
Last week’s ice storm thwarted some of his anticipated seven-games-in-11-days schedule, with the final two rounds of the OrthoArkansas Classic (against Camden Fairview and Bryant) and Monday’s non-conference game at Harding Academy cancelled because of weather.
But the Lady Mustangs improved to 3-1 with a couple of wins last week. At press time, CAC was still scheduled to play at Pulaski Academy on Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs were scheduled to travel to Charleston on Friday, but because the Tiger football team is still alive in the playoffs, Quattlebaum said that game might be rescheduled. Check www.cacsports.org for any schedule changes.
Quattlebaum’s team knocked off Little Rock Christian last week, 61-31, and, in the only round played in the OrthoArkansas Classic, Maumelle, 56-21.
"They were both good defensive efforts," Quattlebaum said. "We held Maumelle to seven points in the first half and Little Rock Christian to 11 in the second half."
With such play, the Lady Mustangs are returning to their roots.
"It’s kind of what I anticipated last year," Quattlebaum said. "I thought we’d be a little better last year, but for some reason, we just never got there defensively. At the start of this year so far, we’re looking good. I hope they’ll keep it up.
"That’s been the biggest difference from last year — the defense. They’re playing harder; they’re more committed; they’re taking it more seriously."
He praised the recent play of junior guard Sarah Butler, who hit five 3s in the first half and committed just one turnover against Little Rock Christian; senior forward Falan Miller, who is playing her usual consistent game; and junior center Sydnie Jones, who averaged right at 20 points for both games.
"Against Maumelle, she was 10 of 12 from the field," Quattlebaum said. "We’re doing a good job of getting her the ball where she can score."
He said his team probably shot too many 3-pointers and made two few against Maumelle.
"I think we were 2-for-16," he said. "We’ve got to find a good balance of what we need to be shooting each game. Sometimes we fall in love with the 3-point shot too easily."
He said last week’s weather cancellations had many teams across the state scrambling to reschedule some games or schedule different ones.
"We need to play some games," he said. "Everybody’s looking for games."
After this weekend, the Lady Mustangs will be off for final exams until Dec. 20.