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Panthers drop two but are qualified for state tourney

The Cabot Panthers had a rough week on the road, falling to a pair of teams they had beaten handily earlier this season.

Cabot fell 50-33 at Little Rock Central last Tuesday, then traveled to West Memphis on Friday and came back with a 38-25 loss.

Both the Tigers and Blue Devils have losing records this season, but both stepped up and played their best against Cabot, especially on defense.

Central used a 10-0 run in the second quarter to take a 27-16 lead into halftime. Jerrod Dixon made consecutive shots to open the second half for the Panthers, but that was answered by the Tigers going on a 12-0 run to take control of the game.

The Tigers committed just eight turnovers, while the Panthers uncharacteristically almost made that many in the third quarter alone.

At West Memphis, neither offense was burning up the nets from the field. The Blue Devils held a 16-10 lead at halftime of the low-scoring affair.

Nick Thomas drained a jumper two minutes into the fourth quarter as Cabot trailed just 28-25.

The Blue Devils clamped down on defense from that point, not allowing another Cabot field goal. West Memphis was also clutch from the line, going 8 for 8 in the final two minutes to secure the win. Thomas led Cabot with 11 points.

Despite the losses, Cabot has still earned its seventh consecutive trip to the Class 7A State Tournament.

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