NORTH PULAKSI GIRLS BASKETBALL | Falcons steadily improving

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North Pulaski’s Elisha Smith lines up to shoot a free throw. Chad Matchett

Slowly but surely, North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut is seeing the Lady Falcons improve and get to the position of everything into place.

Though North Pulaski (3-11, 0-5 5A-Central) lost to 65-51 to Little Rock Christian this past Tuesday, Dalmut was in high spirits after the setback. Overcoming a 14-point deficit, the Lady Falcons trailed by just six points going into the fourth period. Dalmut said Little Rock Christian’s 3-point baskets killed them.

“I was very pleased and excited because we played from start to finish,” Dalmut said. “We started off well and me knowing them (Little Rock Christian), I knew they could hit threes. I never told the girls about them. I just wanted to be ready on our end without telling the girls about them and their players.”

Dalmut said a 3-2 zone worked until the Lady Warriors pulled out into a spread. She also said her team made adjustments, but they weren’t enough.

Sophomore Raigen Thomas was the leading scorer with 15 points and sophomore Kiarra Evans added 13 points. Junior Ilycia Carter also reached double digits with 11 points and freshman Allison Seats contributed seven.

Last Friday, North Pulaski suffered a disappointing 57-53 loss to Little Rock Mills. With a 12-point advantage in the second quarter, Dalmut said everything was going well until Mills made a couple of baskets after halftime, and then everything just fell apart.

“Everything changed, we couldn’t hit our shots,” she said. “We also made some crazy turnovers and missed our free throws. A lot of shots didn’t fall, and that was the case last Friday and Tuesday.”

The Lady Falcons were 6-of-21 from the free throw line. They were paced by Evans’ 23 points with Carter chipping in 11. Seats was next with six points.

Getting good looks at the basket but not making the shots has been plaguing North Pulaski for a while. She said part of the reason is the Lady Falcons aren’t taking their time and are rushing. They are missing shots in the lane and underneath the basket.

“We have to run our offense and take our time,” Dalmut said. “We need to quit making one pass and then jacking up a shot so as to take them (the opponent) out of their defense.”

Dalmut thinks the fourth spot in the conference and a bid to the state tournament could come down to North Pulaski, Little Rock McClellan, West Memphis and Mills. The Lady Falcons can make a big push with victories over Sylvan Hills at home on Friday at McClellan next Tuesday.

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