Forget about West Memphis.
That is what the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats have done since a 42-38 debacle on the Mississippi River two weeks ago.
What has wiped the recollection clean? Shooting.
“It’s always good when you shoot the ball well,” North Little Rock head coach Daryl Fimple said.
Fimple surmises that his team has shot around the 50 percent mark since what was arguably the worst setback of the season.
The trend has helped fuel a winning streak of four games, the latest a 52-40 win over Mountain Home.
The 7A/6A East now has one more game on the conference schedule. The Lady Charging Wildcats take on Little Rock Central. While they play the Lady Tigers, they will secretly or not so secretly be Lady Bombers’ fans. A win by Mountain Home over West Memphis to go with a victory over Central, and North Little Rock charges past West Memphis for third seed in next week’s state tournament.
Fimple has been toying with his lineup all season and until recently had been guard heavy. But the emergence of Kyra Collier in the post who has averaged better than 18 points over the last five games has inclined Fimple to put some size on the floor a little more often.
Plus rebounding was killing the Lady Charging Wildcats.
“We couldn’t put our hands on the ball,” Fimple said.
The residual effect was more time spent on defense thus allowing more easy baskets.
Collier and Dajha Hardman have been playing well as of late while veterans Malachi Monk and Sasha Giles have continued to be steady.
Fimple has also said the uncertainty in his lineup all season has not only helped his team, but it’s made him a better coach.
“When you have to juggle the lineups,” Fimple said, “and you play so many people in different combinations, it just makes everybody better.”
They certainly have gotten better since a bad night in the Land of the Delta Blues.