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NORTH LITTLE ROCK GIRLS | Title dream ends in semifinals

Don’t feel sorry for the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats. They are going to be all right.

It hasn’t quite been the season that head coach Daryl Fimple has been used to. He’s had to do some things that he hasn’t been used to doing in recent years. In fact, this season could be considered one of his best coaching jobs since arriving to North Little Rock.

Nothing was easy. A bad loss to Cabot followed by a weather cancelled trip to Mountain Home led the Lady Charging Wildcats to make an impromptu trip to Paragould to take on the Lady Rams, a team that also axed their date in Mountain Home put Fimple in a very precarious position.

He had been tinkering with his lineup, and found that even though he left Greene County with a loss, he found that his smaller lineup could be the way to go heading into conference play.

And for some time it worked.

Then there was the trip to West Memphis.

When a team loses 42-36 despite the opposing team hitting just 14-of-41 from the foul line, it would easily be considered the lowest point of the season. And it was.

Did the Lady Charging Wildcats quit? No.

They went on a winning streak, secured a nice seed in the playoffs and got to the semifinals. Not bad for a team that was being pieced together on a weekly basis.

Fimple has done his best job of coaching, but look out next year and the year after. With the team he’ll put on the floor, they will go back to being their dominant selves.

And Fimple won’t have to work so hard.

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