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NORTH LITTLE ROCK GIRLS BASKETBALL | Cats fall on the road

North Little Rock's Malica Monk Jaison Sterling photoBuy Photo
North Little Rock's Malica Monk Jaison Sterling photo
North Little Rock's Kyra Collier forces a jump ball with Cabot's Sarah Davis. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
North Little Rock's Kyra Collier forces a jump ball with Cabot's Sarah Davis. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The poor shooting trend caught up with the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats, and met them in West Memphis.

North Little Rock scored just six points in the second quarter and never recovered losing their first conference game 58-42 to the Lady Blue Devils on Tuesday.

“We gave good effort,” Lady Cats’ coach Darryl Fimple said, “we played hard. We just couldn’t get shots to fall.”

Fimple was hard pressed to come up with an explanation for a trend he said has been curving downward since about the fourth game of the season.

One thing is certain for Fimple is that his defense is solid.

“We build this thing on defense,” Fimple said, “and we are stopping people. We aren’t giving up a lot of points, but we aren’t scoring any either.”

Of the veterans the Lady Charging Wildcats have on their roster, none have stepped up to bear the brunt of the scoring responsibility.

There are two that have the proven characteristics to accept such a load.

Kyra Collier led North Little Rock on Friday in a 50-40 win over Cabot with 17 points while Malacha Monk showed signs of such a role last season.

“They both showed they can be counted on,” Fimple said. “We just have to find a way to get the ball in the basket.”

Fimple said as the problem has festered, it’s become a bit more psychological.

“It’s gotten into our confidence,” Fimple said. “It’s hard to play good defense when your shot isn’t falling.”

The Lady Cats will see a much-improved Jonesboro squad on Friday. The Lady Hurricanes have already exceeded their win total from last season and have morphed into a full court pressing team due to the fact that they lack a player taller than six foot.

“It may be the best thing for us,” Fimple said. “Maybe we can get into a rhythm and get into space and score the basketball.”

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