If you ask North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats’ coach Daryl Fimple, he’ll tell you that he saw a first on Friday night at Marion.
Malicha Monk’s 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in North Little Rock’s 91-62 win over Marion marks the school’s first ever triple double according to Fimple.
Monk was the first, but she was almost not alone in her triple double feat. Guard Kyra Collier had 21 points as well and recorded 21 points, nine boards and five assists.
Fimple said after a period of struggling offense, and a tough loss to Searcy last week, that his team seems to be moving in the right direction.
“Looks like things are finally starting to come together,” Fimple said.
The Lady Cats had been struggling on the offensive end up until the last week. Ironically, the upturn in offense could be directly attributed to the improved defense of Fimple’s guards beginning with Monk and Collier.
Fimple said Monk could be one of the best perimeter defenders in the state.
“She is just so quick,” Fimple said. “She keeps her man in front of her, has quick hands and turns over her man.”
The Lady Cats are enjoying the benefits of better defense and getting points in transition.
“It’s always fun when you can run,” Fimple said. “The way we are playing, we are pushing the pace and getting opportunities in transition.”
A tough game against Little Rock Central is on the horizon before the schedule begins the second cycle of rematches.
If NLR keeps going in the right direction, they should be sitting pretty come state tournament time.