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NORTH LITTLE ROCK GIRLS BASKETBALL | Cats picking up pace as state tournament looms

Good thing, the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats can turn up the pressure in the second half.

Although the Lady Wildcats (18-6, 6/7A-East) have won their past several games by large margins, they seem to start slow the first half. In a 63-45 victory at Jonesboro last Friday, they were only up 19-16 at the half. At Searcy this past Tuesday, North Little Rock was down, 31-30, at the half before winning 80-48.

“We are playing pretty good right now,” North Little Rock Coach Daryl Fimple said. “The biggest difference for us we are doing a good job of rebounding. When we rebound, we get the second shots and, it also helps us get into transition.”

Since Jonesboro only had one conference victory, Fimple knew a victory was pretty much assured. After the first half, the players figured out what they had to do. Sophomore guard Kyra Collier paced the Lady Charging Wildcats in both contests. At Jonesboro, Collier had 18 points and finished with 21 at Searcy.

Junior guard Malica Monk also reached double digits in both contests. She finished with 15 against Jonesboro and added 10 at Searcy. Also scoring in double figures at Searcy were junior forward Halley Hill with 14 points and junior forward Camdyn McDaniel with 11.

Collier and Monk have come on the last couple of games and turned up their offensive production. Because of that, they are making their teammates better and also allowing them to get good shots at the basket.

“They did the same thing last year,” Fimple said. “About nine to 10 games, they started taking over. They are playing well.”

North Little Rock hosts Marion on Friday and travels to Mountain Home next Tuesday. In addition to trying to win a conference title, the Lady Wildcats are playing for seeding into the state tournament. As of now, they are sitting at third, but one week of competition still exists.

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