With two hard-fought, close victories, the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats kept their place in a tie for the lead in the 7A-Central.


Last Friday, the Lady Wildcats (19-3) edged Little Rock Central, 47-46 in the final second. With 1.6 seconds remaining, junior De’myla Brown hit the second of two free throws to give North Little Rock the victory. On Tuesday, the Lady Wildcats defeated Conway, 72-68.


The victories kept North Little Rock atop the 7A-Central with Fort Smith Northside. Both teams have 8-1 marks while Conway fell to 7-2. North Little Rock and Northside meet Feb. 16 in Fort Smith.


At Conway, the Lady Wildcats never trailed but had to fight off the Lady Wampus Cats in the fourth period. They led 31-24 at the half and 48-37 going into the final quarter. The two teams combined for 55 points in the fourth quarter.


“We came in focused and did a good job in the first half,” North Little Coach Daryl Fimple said. “We did a good job of getting to the free throw line and made 12 two-point field goals in the first half.”


The Lady Wildcats had to endure Conway throwing up three from anywhere as they mad 11 in the contest. Senior Yo’Myris Morris and Kennady Tucker both scored 16 points for the Lady Wildcats.


Last Friday at home against Central, neither team had a significant advantage. Going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats owned a 37-35 edge. Three ties and six lead changes occurred in the period. The 47 points was a low output for North Little Rock.


“I don’t understand it,” Fimple said. “We didn’t shoot the basketball well. We didn’t get into a flow. Give credit to Central. Defensively, we did a great job.”


Morris led the Lady Wildcats with 13 points and Brown added nine.


On Friday, North Little Rock hosts Fort Smith Southside and Tuesday go to Mount St. Mary.