Leader Blues

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SPORTS>>North Little Rock pounces early

By CHAD MATCHETT
Special to The Leader

By the time the Cabot Lady Panthers found an offensive rhythm, it was already too late.

North Little Rock (11-3, 3-0 in the 7A Central) led by as many as 26 points on the way to a 62-46 win at Panther Pavilion on Friday night.

On Tuesday, the Lady Panthers moved the ball well with perimeter passing, crashed the boards and shot close to 60 percent from the field.

The Lady Charging Wild-cats beat Cabot in all of those categories on Friday.

Lachasity Seale scored the opening two baskets of the game for the Lady Wildcats to set the tone for the rest of the night.

Seale led all scorers with 27 points. Cabot fell to 12-4 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Shelby Ashcraft made a lay-up to make the score 4-2, but Cabot went scoreless over the next 4:30 as the Lady Wildcats surged ahead for a 13-2 lead.

Things didn’t get better for the Lady Panthers in the second quarter. The Lady Wildcats hit four three-pointers inside the final three minutes of the half to extend their lead to 33-14.

The game was in danger of getting out of hand and turning into a mercy- rule loss for Cabot in the third when North Little Rock opened the quarter with an 11-4 run that made the score 44-18.

Cabot came alive at that point with a 10-0 run and went into the fourth quarter trailing 48-30.

The Lady Panthers pulled within 11 points after Ashcraft hit a pair of three-pointers on consecutive trips down the court.

The next seven points of the game were all free throws from the Lady Wildcats as North Little Rock put the game away from the line. All 14 of the Lady Wildcats’ points came from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Ashcraft led Cabot with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Stephanie Glover scored 10 points and added 8 more rebounds. Amber Rock scored 7 points, Amalie Benjamin had 4 points and 6 rebounds. Lindsay Hoggatt scored 3 points, while Kristen Spann and Jenna Bailey scored 2. Brooke Taylor added a free throw for Cabot.