One more series of tune-ups are directly in front of the North Little Rock Charging Lady Wildcats.
They travel this week to Mountain Home, their last foray into competition outside of the 7A/6A-East.
On Friday, the Lady Charging Wildcats traveled to Jacksonville and came away with a 75-55 win over the defending 5A state champions.
Coach Darryl Fimple was pleased with what he saw from his team on Friday. Kyra Collier had 26 points.
Fimple said going into the tournament, his concerns are somewhat minimal, but did admit that his club needs to be a bit better on defense.
The Lady Charging Wildcats will get plenty of chances to work on defense against schools with a variety of styles including the Paragould Lady Rams, whom Fimple has been trying to schedule a game with all season, but weather has precluded a rematch from last season.
Greenwood is also a possibility in the days following their opening round matchup against Highland on Friday.
Fimple was very complimentary of both the Lady Rams and Lady Bulldogs.
“They’ve got kids that have been through it,” Fimple said. “They’ve got kids that can shoot it. You have to see different things going into the conference season.”
NLR opens with the Cabot Lady Panthers on Jan. 10, and Fimple believes many teams they will play are comparable in style to Cabot.
The 7A/6A-East will offer a variety of styles from a motion, half court attack of Searcy to the full-court helter skelter of Jonesboro.
Fimple believes that no matter what matchup his team faces, that they can compete.
“We like to run, too,” Fimple said. “I think we’ll be alright on that. I think playing that way benefits us because we are able to play more in space.”
With three players that are six feet or above, Fimple believes that his team can do well in the half court as long as they can shoot it consistently.
“What happened at Conway was they got into a zone,” Fimple said, “and we just didn’t shoot it well.”