There hasn’t been much home cooking for North Little Rock’s girls.
In the early goings of basketball seasons for most teams, they play quite a bit at home. That’s not been the case for the North Little Rock Charging Lady Wildcats.
In fact, they have played on their home floor a grand total of one time.
That’s because head coach Darryl Fimple and his Lady Charging Wildcats have been busy in tournament play.
They have won the Mount St. Mary’s Heavenly Hoops tournament, lost a pair of games to elite teams in Murfreesboro, won two out of three including a loss Saturday to Conway in their tournament over the weekend, and are scheduled to travel to Mountain Home after Christmas.
They won’t play on their floor again until their conference opener on Jan. 10.
"I think playing on the road makes you tougher," Fimple said.
It isn’t like Fimple intentionally structured his team’s schedule this way. Weather helped out a little bit.
North Little Rock was set to host the Paragould Lady Rams, but winter weather canceled the game, and Fimple and Lady Rams head coach Jay Cook have been unable to get a makeup date that is compatible with their team’s remaining schedule.
"We tried a couple times to make it up, but we just don’t have the same dates open," Fimple said. "As it turns out, we might meet in the second round at Mountain Home."
Last season, the two teams scheduled an impromptu matchup after weather precluded them from going to Mountain Home.
North Little Rock lost to the eventual 2-time 5A state runner-up Lady Rams.
This week, the Charging Lady Wildcats hit the road again, thought it’s just to Jacksonville in what Fimple hopes is a "get well game" after a bad loss to Conway.
The Lady Red Devils are the defending 5A state champs but lost their best player Jessica Jackson, who plays for the Arkansas Razorbacks’ women’s basketball team.