North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut just can’t seem to catch a break.
Whether it has been because of injuries or disciplinary reasons, the Lady Falcons have been shorthanded the past couple of weeks. The latest incident was injuries to two key players who missed the contest with Sylvan Hills last week.
Dalmut was looking forward to contests with Sylvan Hills last week and Little Rock McClellan this past Tuesday. Her personal goal is to improve by one win over last season’s record, and two wins were needed. Victories against those two teams were possible especially against Sylvan Hills since North Pulaski beat the Lady Bears by 20 points the first time.
However the Lady Falcons (4-18, 1-12 5A-Central) were without freshman guard Allison Seats and sophomore forward Raigen Thomas. Thus, they suffered a 50-47 setback.
“We had a few issues with some injuries,” Dalmut said. “Allison did something to her leg that would make her knee go numb. She was cleared to play unless it bothered her, and it did. Thomas had an infected ankle. Without those two and not having Munn (Kristin, senior guard) back until the second half, we couldn’t do it.”
Dalmut was pleased with the way other players stepped up particularly junior guard Ilycia Carter who piled up 23 points. Sophomore forward Kiarra Evans added 11 points.
In a 53-38 loss to McClellan, Thomas was back as was Munn for the entire contest. Too many turnovers in the first half proved to be costly for North Pulaski. Thomas led the Lady Falcons with 14 points while Munn and Evans contributed 10 each.
“In the second half, we didn’t have as many turnovers,” Dalmut said. “Everything McClellan threw up went in, and Carter has stepped up the last three games but didn’t score anything. This has been tough on all of us.”
North Pulaski finishes the season tonight hosting Pulaski Academy. The contest is a rescheduled game from Feb. 7. While Dalmut knows a win is not likely, she does have some goals and wants to see some things happen.
“We don’t want to get beat as bad as the first time and cut down our turnovers,” she said. “I want us to play hard and not give up and have people step to get ready for next year. It’s the little things that make the difference. It’s our last game, what do we have to lose.”