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NORTH LITTLE ROCK GIRLS BASKETBALL | Fimple has his Cats jumping

After a nine-day layoff and back-to-back games this past Monday and Tuesday, North Little Rock Coach Darryl Fimple is glad the stretch is over.

The Charging Lady Wildcats (16-6, 7-2 6/7A-East) didn’t have an easy two games as they escaped with a 48-46 win Monday at Cabot and overcame a first-half deficit to notch a 60-50 triumph over West Memphis at home Tuesday. The Cabot matchup was slated for last Friday but was moved to Monday because of wintery precipitation.

“At Cabot, we looked like we had snow legs,” Fimple said. “They have a hard time scoring so we spend so much time playing defense and chasing them then when they throw up a shot we screw around and don’t get the rebound.”

Sophomore Kyra Collier led North Little Rock with 17 of her 19 points in the second half. Junior Malica Monk added 10 points, and senior Dajha Hardamon finished with nine.

In the West Memphis contest, the Lady Wildcats trailed 27-22 at the half. Outscoring West Memphis, 17-8, in the third period they led, 39-35, at the end of the quarter. With 2:53 left in the stanza, Monk made the second of two free throws to knot the contest at 33-all. The Lady Devils took a short 35-33 lead before a basket underneath by junior Halley Hill tied the game at 35. In the last minute, two free throws by Collier and another basket by Hill gave North Little Rock the end of the quarter advantage. Thirteen points were the most the Lady Wildcats led and that happened with 2:45 left in the game at 56-43 on a basket underneath by Hill. Collier paced North Little Rock with 20 points with Monk chipping in 15.

“Halley hit some shots,” Fimple said. “When she plays like that, she helps us a lot. We’ve been up and down with our shooting, but our shooting was pretty good. We had a really good third quarter. We are getting better and better and better at the right time.”

Friday, North Little Rock travels to Jonesboro. Once again Fimple knows getting a victory may not be an easy task. For one thing, he says playing there is tough, and the Lady Hurricanes have good shooters. Additionally, the Lady Charging Wildcats are playing their third game in five days.

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