Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustangs played one of their better games of the year last week against Arkadelphia, and coach Steve Quattlebaum hopes that bodes well for the rest of the season.
Especially Friday against Malvern.
The Lady Mustangs prevailed over Arkadelphia, 54-17, in their only action of the week after their game with Bauxite, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, was postponed following the death of a BHS student.
CAC opened the week 12-4 overall and 2-1 in 7-4A play. The Lady Mustangs played Nashville on Monday and traveled to Ashdown on Tuesday. Malvern, which handed them the only blemish on their conference record, will visit Mustang Mountain on Friday, as will Pulaski Robinson on Saturday and Arkansas Baptist on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
"We had good effort on defense, and we shot the ball a little better than we have been," Quattlebaum said of the Arkadelphia win. "We played a really good game. Arkadelphia has played a lot of teams close in the conference, so I was a little surprised (at the margin). I don’t think they’ve won a conference game yet, but in most games, they’ve been pretty competitive."
Falan Miller led CAC against the Lady Badgers with 22 points. Sydnie Jones scored 11 and Sarah Butler 10.
Malvern opened the week unbeaten in conference play. The Lady Leopards prevailed in the first conference meeting, 52-40.
Quattlebaum said while both teams have improved since then, his team has several opportunities for improvement this time.
"Probably one of the biggest things is we need to handle their pressure a little better than we did," he said. "We expected it the first time, but that was after we played our fifth game in six days or something like that.
"We didn’t play terrible, but they’re really good. We’ll have to play one of our better games to beat them. They’re very athletic, so we’ll have to do a great job blocking them out and handling the ball against them."
The Robinson game was postponed from earlier in the month. Quattlebaum said the Lady Senators didn’t have much depth but did have two "really good" players.
"They’re capable of beating us if we don’t play well," he said.
The Lady Mustangs previously knocked off Arkansas Baptist, 61-36.
Quattlebaum said he hoped his team was finally getting settled into the conference routine.
"It’ll be a tough week," he said Sunday. "I hope there will be some games we can play a lot of people to help us out a little bit, but I feel pretty good about the girls right now.
"If we play like we did the other night, we’ll be in pretty good shape."
The Bauxite game will be moved to Jan. 26.