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Cabot splits two games at Mountain Home

There were plenty of highs and lows for the Cabot Panthers and Lady Panthers Friday night in Mountain Home.

The Lady Panthers fell 50-48 in overtime against the Lady Bombers to begin the night. In the boys’ game, the Panthers were dominant in taking a 47-30 win at The Hangar.

The Cabot Lady Panthers jumped out to a 9-1 lead to begin the game and held on for a 13-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.

A three-pointer and jumper by Jaylin Bridges gave the Lady Panthers a 20-14 lead early in the second quarter. The Lady Bombers cut the lead down to one before Cabot finished strong and took a 24-19 lead into halftime.

Elliot Taylor opened up the second half with a three-point play that helped Cabot equal their largest lead of the game at eight points. Taylor and Bridges tied for Cabot‘s scoring lead with 12 points apiece.

Mountain Home’s Katie Kapler, who led all scorers with 23 points, led the Lady Bombers back into the game.

The Lady Bombers didn’t have a lead all night until midway through the fourth quarter when a pair of back-to-back threes gave them a 36-35 lead.

Trailing 39-37, the Lady Panthers tied the game on an Ally Van Enk offensive rebound and putback. After a pair of Kapler free throws, Cabot’s Alyssa Hamilton sent the game into overtime with a layup, tying the score at 41-41. Van Enk finished with 10 points for the Lady Panthers, while Hamilton had six points and six rebounds.

The Lady Panthers struck first in overtime with a baseline jumper by Bridges, quickly fell behind after a Bomber bucket followed by a turnover and another basket.

Later trailing 49-45, Bridges cut the lead to one with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 24 seconds left to play. The Lady Bombers only converted one free throw after quickly being fouled, but Cabot was unable to convert two good scoring chances in the final seconds.

The loss dropped the Lady Panthers to 13-7 overall and 6-4 in the conference.

Danielle McWilliams scored six points, while Ryan Wilson added two points to round out Cabot’s scoring.

In the last game before the long ride home, Cabot turned the game around after trailing 11-5 in the first quarter to post a 47-30 win.

Cabot took its first lead midway through the second quarter at 17-15 thanks to a Michael Smith basket. Smith went on to have his best night of the season, leading Cabot with 20 points.

The Panthers’ defense took over the game the entire second half, while the offense was on fire in the second and fourth quarters. Cabot outscored Mountain Home 36-16 in those two quarters. They allowed just three points in the third quarter.

Kyle Thielemier scored nine points for Cabot, while Bryan Shrum added six points and Clayton Vaught five. Hunter York made a three-pointer, while Ryan Stafford and Adolpho Iglesias scored two points apiece in the win.

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