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Lady Panthers to miss state tourney

The young Cabot Lady Panthers will soon be doing something they haven’t done in over a decade, but that isn’t exactly a good thing.

A pair of road losses last week assured that the Lady Panthers will miss the state tournament for the first time since 2001, before Carla Crowder took over as head coach.

Cabot lost 60-48 at Little Rock Central on Tuesday, then fell 29-28 at West Memphis on Friday.

Cabot led 17-13 after the first quarter against Central, but was outscored in each of the last three quarters.

Too many turnovers ended up dooming the Lady Panthers. The Lady Tigers made just seven turnovers compared to 19 by the LadyPanthers.

Anna Sullivan and Alyssa Hamilton led the Lady Panthers with 14 points apiece. CoCo Calhoun was right behind with 12 points. Leighton Taylor scored five points and led Cabot with four assists. Danielle McWilliams added three points.

The score was tighter at West Memphis, but the costly mistakes were still there. Cabot had chances down the stretch, but couldn’t convert from the field or the free throw line.

Calhoun had a very solid game, leading the Lady Panthers with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Hamilton scored seven points, Sullivan scored six, while McWilliams and Taylor each added two points.

While Cabot has had some inconsistent games this season, there is plenty of hope for the immediate future as the squad will return almost all of its young talent, to go along with a strong freshman class moving up next year.

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