Coach please with Panthers’ effort in scrimmage
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Cabot boys basketball coach Jerry Bridges said he was pleased with his team’s effort in their scrimmage game with Lake Hamilton on Thursday at Panther Arena.
The teams played four quarters, resetting the scoreboard after each quarter. The Panthers won two quarters, lost one and tied one.
“I was pleased with our effort,” said Bridges, who is entering his 10th season at Cabot. “There were some good things defensively by everyone at one time. I think we can execute better offensively than what we did.”
Cabot was playing without point guard Hunter York, who missed the game with an injured arm.
“He’s been our point guard throughout the summer and all school year except for the last three or four weeks,” Bridges said of his senior leader. “We are really trying to find ourselves. I’ve got Nick Thomas running the point right now. I was pleased with Nick. He had only one turnover.
“I just thought once we got into our halfcourt set, our execution wasn’t as a good as it usually is. I think that is something we can work on in practice and get it where it needs to be before Conway.”
The Panthers open the regular season Monday against Conway at Panther Arena.
In the scrimmage against Lake Hamilton, the Panthers won the first quarter 10-7. Thomas scored four points, including a 3-pointer. Michael Smith had a 3-pointer. Jared Dixon had two while Garrett Rowe hit a free throw.
The teams tied at 8-8 in the second quarter. Cabot hit five free throws — two each by Hunter Southerland and Rowe. Jeremiah Penner hit a 3-pointer.
Lake Hamilton won the third quarter 9-5. Penner and Dixon scored two points each while Adolfo Iglesias hit a free throw.
The Panthers routed the Wolves 15-5 in the fourth quarter.
Dixon led Cabot with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Southerland scored 7. Smith added 6. Penner had 5. Thomas scored four. Rowe added three. Iglesias and Chandler Casteel each hit a free throw.