The Cabot Lady Panthers had two very different games to finish the Mount St. Mary Heavenly Hoops tournament last week.
Cabot fell 60-44 in its second round game against North Little Rock. The Lady Panthers came back strong against the E-Stem Lady Mets for a 52-33 victory.
Against the Lady Wildcats, the Lady Panthers stayed with the more experienced team through halftime, trailing 28-20 at the break. North Little Rock pulled away in the second half by spreading around the scoring, including having three girls knock down three-pointers in the half. Cabot hasn’t quite found that long-range bomber to help even the score yet this season.
Junior Alyssa Hamilton — the lone returning starter for Cabot — led the Lady Panthers with 13 points against North Little Rock. Sophomore CoCo Calhoun had a very solid game with 11 points. Maddie Willhite, Leighton Taylor, Rachel Allgood and Anna Sullivan each had two points for Cabot.
Playing against E-Stem, the Lady Panthers had a better outing, leading each quarter on the way to the 52-33 win.
The Lady Panthers led 27-17 at halftime, then rode the hot hand of Hamilton in the second half to build on that lead.
Hamilton led all scorers with 22 points, including 14 in the second half. Danielle McWilliams scored seven points for Cabot and had a big fourth quarter with five points. Lakyn Crumbly was second for the Lady Panthers with nine points, including seven in the second quarter when the Lady Mets keyed more on Hamilton.
Taylor had seven points in the win, while Sullivan had four points and Willhite finished with three.
E-Stem played close to even with Cabot in the third quarter, before Hamilton and McWilliams came through with big fourth quarters.