Going into the 7A/6A-East stretch run, the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats are going through a bit of a rough patch.
After beating the Cabot Lady Panthers by 10 in overtime on Friday, their second in three meetings with Cabot, NLR had a chance to get a big win on the road.
"We had a chance, but didn’t take advantage of the opportunity," NLR head coach Daryl Fimple said.
The way the Lady Charging Wildcats lost was a bit bizarre according to Fimple.
West Memphis missed badly on a foul shot, a shot that hit the side of the backboard and dropped to the floor. The Lady Devils picked up the ball and got a go-ahead put back that proved to be the 42-38 game winner for West Memphis.
What hurt worse was that the Lady Devils hit just 14-of-41 free throws while North Little Rock hit 12-of-14.
"For one thing I’ve never seen a team shoot 41 free throws," Fimple said, "and I sure never saw one miss that many."
Fimple is currently at a loss on how to fix his team’s offensive woes. NLR has scored just 13 points in the first half of their last two games.
"I’ve tried getting on them," Fimple said, "days off, working through. Right now it’s up to them."
North Little Rock is in third place with a 6-3 league record and with points may land in the five position when state tournament pairings are made.
The Lady Charging Wildcats have done well on the defensive end according to Fimple.
"We are guarding people," Fimple said. "We are keeping people from scoring."
But Fimple has some real concern about how his team is going to score points.
"We don’t have a go to player," Fimple said, "that we can say go make a play."
That’s something that Fimple isn’t used to dealing with. In recent years, he’s had several of those type players that can get buckets in time of need.
But all is not lost. The schedule plays out favorably with Jonesboro, Searcy and Marion on the immediate horizon.
Time will tell if the Lady Charging Wildcats can fix their offensive troubles. With the state tournament getting closer, they don’t have much time.