Panthers, Lady Panthers fall at state tourney

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NWA Media/ANDY SHUPE Cabot senior Elliot Taylor (40) drives to the lane as Rogers senior McKinzie James (31) defends Wednesday, Feb. 27, during the second half of play in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament at Fayetteville High School.
NWA Media/ANDY SHUPE Rogers senior McKinzie Taylor, center, is trapped by Cabot seniors Ally Van Enk, left, Abbey Allgood (32) and Jaylin Bridges on Wednesday, Feb. 27, during the second half of play in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament at Fayetteville High School

The Cabot Panthers and Lady Panthers went to Fayetteville this past week to play in Class 7A state tournament.

Girls Game

The Cabot Lady Panthers fell to the Rogers Lady Mounties 50-45 in the first round of the tournament.

Cabot came out on fire heating three three-pointers — two by Jaylin Bridges and the other by Ally Van Enk. Cabot led 12-5 at the end of the first quarter. Rogers then went on a tear by outscoring the Lady Panthers by nine in the second and eight in the third leaving Cabot down by 10 heading into the fourth.

Cabot went on a 7-0 run midway through the fourth to trim the deficit to five. Then after two Elliot Taylor free throws, the Lady Panthers found themselves down by three with 52.4 seconds left. Cabot could not complete the comeback as Rogers went 5 of 8 from the free throw stride to end the game.

Van Enk lead the Lady Panthers with 14 points. Taylor finished with 12. Bridges added nine. Alyssa Hamilton had six. Danielle McWilliams finished with three, and Abbey Allgood had two.

Boys Game

The Cabot Panthers also fell in the first round of the tournament to the Bryant Hornets 57-46 in overtime.

Cabot came out a bit anxious Wednesday night in the first quarter, finding themselves down 13-7. But The Panthers rallied over the next two quarters and trimmed the Hornets lead to one.

Cabot had not gotten the lead the entire game until Kyle Theilemier’s three-pointer gave them the lead 44-42 with just over a minute left in regulation.

After two made free throws from Bryant, Cabot brought the ball down and held it for the last shot, and missed the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer and went into overtime. The Panthers were outscored 13-2 in extra period..

When asked about his team’s season Cabot coach Jerry Bridges said, “I didn’t know early in the season that we were even going to make it to the tournament. I’ve very proud of them, and I thought we became a very good team.”

Theilemier led Cabot with 11 points. Michael Smith finished with 10. Jake Ferguson added eight. Ryan Stafford and Bryan Shrum each had six points each. Hunter York finished with three, and Clayton Vaught had two.

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