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NORTH LITTLE ROCK GIRLS BASKETBALL | Deep bench powers Cats to win

North Little Rock head girls basketball coach Darryl Fimple said he was very pleased with his team’s efforts in their opener against Sylvan Hills in the Mount St. Mary’s tournament, a 76-34 win over the Belles on Monday.

One thing Fimple already knew, but was confirmed is that his team is very deep.

“We’ve got 10 or 12 that are really good players,” Fimple said.

Fimple’s bench matched the scoring output of the entire Belles’ squad with 34 points on Monday led by sophomore post player Brogan Jones’ 18 points. She also had six rebounds and seven blocked shots.

It is quite a luxury for Fimple to bring in a player that is 6-foot-4 of the bench as Jones is. Fimple said the message to his young players in the early going is simple.

“Play hard for four minutes,” Fimple said. “We have the luxury of not having you out there the whole game, just give me four good minutes.”

Fimple said Jones along with some good young guard play off the bench makes his team very deep and lethal to opposing teams.

A rare pre-conference season game against Cabot is on the horizon next for the Lady Charging Wildcats. The Lady Panthers mercy ruled a depleted Watson Chapel team on Monday to set up Wednesday’s matchup.

The Lady Charging Wildcats are coming off a season that saw them notch 19 wins and lose a close semifinal game in the 7A state tournament. That by their standards is a bit of a down year for North Little Rock. But by what Fimple has seen so far, his team appears to be back on track to elite status.

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