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Lady Panthers split two conference games

Cabot’s Maddie Willhite scored two points against Searcy on Friday night. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Cabot’s Maddie Willhite scored two points against Searcy on Friday night. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Cabot Lady Panthers added notches to both the win and loss columns on the basketball court last week.

Cabot began their week at Jonesboro, where a high-scoring second half pushed the Lady Panthers to a 54-44 win.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 15-7 lead in the first quarter, but went cold in the next period. Still, Cabot took a 19-15 lead into halftime.

Cabot came out hot in the second half, scoring 15 in the third quarter and 20 in the fourth to lock up the win. The Lady Panthers used a 12-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to take control of a close game.

Anna Sullivan had a big night for Cabot, leading all scorers with 23 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. CoCo Calhoun was next with 12 points, while Alyssa Hamilton had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Leighton Taylor scored six points, and led with seven assists. Danielle McWilliams scored three and Rachel Allgood two to round out the scoring.

Friday night in Searcy didn’t go quite as well, as the Lady Panthers fell 55-48 to the Lady Lions.

Cabot again had a good start, leading 14-9 after the first quarter and held on for a 24-23 lead at halftime.

Searcy used a 12-3 run near the end of the third quarter and into the fourth to take the lead for good against Cabot.

Hamilton led the Lady Panthers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Calhoun was right behind with a strong 15-point night. McWilliams scored six points, Sullivan had five points, Taylor put in four points, and Maddie Willhite added two points for Cabot.

Cabot is now 2-5 in league play at the midway point of the conference season. The Lady Panthers are in seventh place in the ratings for the 7A-Central with 24 points. Conway is sixth with 48 points. The top six teams make the state tournament.

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