Two weeks into the conference season and the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats are already going through one of the toughest stretches in their league schedule and so far has passed with flying colors.
After wins over two of their toughest conference competitors, a 59-57 win at West Memphis and a 61-58 win at home against Jonesboro, coach Johnny Rice said his team is coming together.
“We are getting things together,” Rice said.
Rice has some proven commodities in Kevaughn Allen and Anton Beard. It’s the other guys that are filling their roles and completing the team.
Allen and Beard took turns in carrying the Charging Wildcats on Friday, one in each half.
“We know what we get with Anton and Kevaughn,” Rice said. “It’s the other guys that are embracing their roles.”
Guys such as K.J. Hill who could be the state’s most talented multi-sport athlete not to mention Khalil Gulley and Adrian Moore are all contributing.
“Adrian goes out and before we know it, he’s got 10 points,” Rice said.
At this point in the season, however, improvement is still the main objective.
“We sure don’t want to peak right now,” Rice said. “We want to keep climbing, getting better. We made some mistakes on Friday that we have to make sure we correct.”
Rice said Tuesday’s 80-24 win over Searcy seemed to correct some of those mistakes.
“We got rolling,” Rice said, “and just didn’t stop.”
Searcy represents just a respite from the stiff competition. The Charging Wildcats have another tough road test on Friday at Marion.
“They are tough team,” Rice said. “They are going to be ready for us.”