While the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats were easily taking care of its last two opponents, they also moved into a three-tie atop the 7A-Central.
Going into Tuesday’s games, both the Lady Wildcats and Fort Smith Northside were second in the conference behind Conway with 6-1 records. Northside changed that to a three-way tie Tuesday when the Lady Bears defeated Conway, 49-47, to give all three teams one conference loss.
To stay atop the 7A-Central, the Lady Wildcats’ next two games are crucial. They host Little Rock Central on Friday and travel Tuesday to Conway. North Little Rock (16-3) kept its position in the top of the conference by defeating Cabot, 37-11, last Friday and Mount St. Mary, 71-18, on Tuesday.
“We never play well at Cabot,” North Little Rock Coach Daryl Fimple said. “It was an ugly game. We didn’t play well, and they didn’t play well.”
North Little Rock led 24-4 at the half and 34-4 after three quarters. Cabot scored its four points in the first three minutes of the game and didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.
“Defensively, we did a good job but didn’t on offense,” Fimple said. “We played our JV (junior varsity) in the last two minutes of the game.”
Fimple said he believes the lopsided victories helped by allowing him to try different combinations and seeing other players in different spots. They also allowed the girls to gain confidence, and he added all aspects should help down the road.
Now, North Little Rock must concentrate on its next two games, protect its home court in addition to picking up two crucial road victories.
“Four of out last seven games are at home,” Fimple said. “And, we go to Conway and Northside. We didn’t protect our home floor against Conway and need to get one on the road.”
Senior Yo’Myris Morris paced the Lady Wildcats at Cabot with 16 points. Senior Amber Hawkison was the leading scorer against Mount St. Mary with 17 points, and junior De’myla Brown added 16.