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NORTH LITTLE ROCK GIRLS Battle of the board not going Cats way

Getting beaten on the boards means getting beaten on the scoreboard this week for the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats this week.

In a loss on Friday to Little Rock Central, coach Daryl Fimple said his team was drastically outrebounded including going minus-13 on offensive rebounds.

The Lady Tigers didn’t have a very good shooting night against NLR, but 17 offensive rebounds gave most of their points on put backs.

“It was kind of demoralizing,” Fimple said. “We just couldn’t get any rebounds.”

The Lady Charging Wildcats have also been struggling with scoring in the opening minutes of games.

“We are not getting off to good starts,” Fimple said. “We’ve started horrible.”

Fimple’s team only managed to score nine points in the first quarter on Friday.

That turned around for the Lady Charging Wildcats against Searcy on Tuesday when they put 25 on the board in the first.

Being outrebounded has been a risk for Fimple since he decided to go to a smaller, faster lineup.

“It’s really the only way to get our best players on the floor at the same time,” Fimple said.

The down side has been what happened on Friday at Central.

“We turn them over pretty well,” Fimple said. “But when they get inside, we are at a disadvantage. It’s been that way all year.”

Fimple decided just before the conference schedule began that going smaller and faster was the better way to go and hope rebounding wouldn’t hurt them badly, but it did on Friday.

The Lady Charging Wildcats will face the Cabot Lady Panthers for the third time this season in a rubber match.

Cabot beat NLR early in the year, but the Lady Charging Wildcats exacted revenge in the conference opener.

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