The Cabot Lady Panthers showed signs of being able to compete this year during their benefit scrimmage game with Lake Hamilton on Thursday at Panther Arena.
Cabot, which returns only one starter — Alyssa Hamilton — and one senior — Lakyn Crumbly, won two of four quarters as the scoreboard was reset after each.
Cabot lost the first quarter 17-14, then won the second quarter 21-14 and the third quarter 18-10. Lake Hamilton, which played a few of its starters in the fourth quarter against Cabot’s junior varsity players, won only 15-10.
“I told a two or three after the game that it was the best I’ve seen them play,” Cabot assistant coach Charles Ruple said. “Couple of them are sophomores; a couple of them are juniors.”
In the first quarter, Cabot fell behind 5-0 before Cabot sophomore Leighton Taylor hit a short jumper. She followed with another basket before CoCo Calhoun got a steal and layup to give the Lady Panthers a 6-5 lead.
Lake Hamilton reclaimed the lead at 10-8. Hamilton then scored three in a row to make the score 11-10. The Lady Wolves outscored Cabot 7-3 the remainder of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Cabot opened with a 13-2. Taylor started the run with a 3-pointer. Anna Sullivan then six consecutive free throws before Calhoun scored then got a steal and an assist on a basket by Danielle McWilliams.
After a Lake Hamilton free throw made the score 13-3, Cabot outscored the Lady Wolves 8-1 the rest of the quarter. Sullivan and Emily McCaghren each scored three during the run while Maddie Willhite added two foul shots.
In the third quarter, Cabot opened up with a 15-4 run. Lake Hamitlon outscored Cabot 6-3 the rest of the way.
Sullivan led Cabot with 11 points. Hamilton added 10. Taylor scored nine. Calhoun had seven. Willhite and Rachel Allgood had six points each. Scoring five each were McCaghren and Sarah Davis. McWilliams added three while Claire Eifling added a free throw.