Cabot drops two games to Blue Devils

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<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Cabot&amp;#8217;s Ally Van Enk shoots for two against West Memphis on Friday at Panther Arena.</p>
<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Cabot&amp;#8217;s Michael Smith [32] follows through on a layup against West Memphis on Friday.</p>

Friday night was a tough night for both the Cabot Panthers and Lady Panthers. Both teams were defeated by West Memphis in the final home game of the season.

Girls

The Lady Panthers fought hard the entire game, but fell short 55-49 to the Lady Blue Devils. Cabot came out hot, putting up 21 points in the first half and only down by four at the break.

However, with a poor shooting performance in the third quarter, the Lady Panthers found themselves down nine points going into the fourth.

Cabot had whittled the lead down to five multiple times, but could never catch up.

Ally Van Enk led the Lady Panthers with 18 points. Jaylin Bridges had 11. Alyssa Hamilton finished with nine. Elliot Taylor had seven and Abbey Allgood finished with four points.

Boys

Even with a hot shooting first quarter the Panthers could not hold on, losing to West Memphis in a nail-biter 41-40.

The Panthers came out on fire shooting from behind the arc hitting three three-pointers in first quarter, leading 15-5 after one.

During the second and third quarters, the Panthers seemed as if they had gotten comfortable with the lead by having just as many turnovers as they did points during those quarters combined.

With only a one-point lead heading in the fourth quarter, the Panthers saw their lead slip due to the nice shooting from West Memphis.

A couple of shots late brought the Blue Devils’ lead down to two points, but with clutch free throws, the Devils downed the Panthers.

Michael Smith led Cabot with 12 points. Hunter York had nine, Kyle Thielemier added eight. Clayton Vaught finished with seven. Ryan Stafford and A.I. Iglesias had two points each.

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