After a grueling 48-37 victory over Mountain Home last Tuesday, the North Little Lady Charging Wildcats turned up the pressure and defeated Little Rock Central, 72-52, last Friday.

The 48 points against Mountain Home was low for North Little Rock (14-6, 5-2 7A-Central). North Little Rock Coach Darryl Fimple is discovering his team tends to play down to its competition. Sophomore Brogan Jones paced the Lady Charging Wildcats with 16 points.

"We just didn’t play very well," Fimple said. "We weren’t very energetic."

North Little Rock never trailed and even owned a 25-9 lead at one point. The Lady Wildcats could never get in the groove but were able to pull out the victory.

Against Central, North Little Rock dominated on the boards. After an 18-16 first-quarter lead, they led by eight at the half and then turned up the heat in the third quarter. The Wildcats outrebounded Central, 51-34.

Junior guard Malica Monk led North Little Rock with 18 points. Senior guard Dajha Hardamon added 15 points as did senior forward Kiara Webb along with 11 rebounds.

"We did a great job of the offensive glass," Fimple said. "In the third quarter, we were able to make a run."

Friday, the Lady Charging Wildcats travel to Cabot to begin the second round of conference play. Right now, they are in second place behind West Memphis, who leads the league with a 7-0 mark. Next Tuesday, North Little Rock hosts West Memphis. First, though, the Lady Wildcats have to get past Cabot.

"It is always tough going to Cabot," Fimple said. "Then we have West Memphis, but we have to take one game at a time."

Fimple doesn’t think West Memphis will go through the second round undefeated. If North Little Rock wants to win a conference title, then it will have something to do with that.