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NLR edges Lady Panthers in overtime

<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Cabot&amp;#8217;s Danielle McWilliams and North Little Rock&amp;#8217;s Kyra Collier during the second half of Friday&amp;#8217;s game.</p>Buy Photo

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Cabot&#8217;s Danielle McWilliams and North Little Rock&#8217;s Kyra Collier during the second half of Friday&#8217;s game.

<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Cabot&amp;#8217;s Jaylin Bridges makes a move in the first quarter against North Little Rock on Friday.</p>Buy Photo

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Cabot&#8217;s Jaylin Bridges makes a move in the first quarter against North Little Rock on Friday.

The Cabot Lady Panthers had a rough time last week.

They fell to 5-3 overall and 12-6 in 7A/6A-East play with losses to Little Rock Central and North Little Rock.

The Lady Tigers won 51-41 Jan. 29 while the Lady Charging Wildcats pulled away in overtime for a 50-40 win Friday. Both games were on the road.

In the loss to Central, Cabot trailed 13-11 after one quarter and 32-25 at halftime.

Cabot trailed 40-35 in the fourth quarter following a basket by Elliot Taylor. A few minutes later, Taylor hit two free throws to pull the Lady Panthers to within three at 40-37.

From there, the Lady Tigers scored nine in a row to lead 49-37 late in the game.

Alyssa Hamilton led Cabot with 15 points. Taylor had 12. Abbey Allgood had seven points. Ally Van Enk added four. Danielle McWilliams scored two while Ryan Wilson added a free throw.

The loss to North Little Rock was a struggle from the start.

North Little Rock led 9-2 in the first quarter before Cabot scored the final four points of the quarter to trail 9-6.

Trailing 13-8 with 4:37 left in the first half, Cabot scored the final five points to tie the game at 13-13 at halftime.

Cabot took a 16-13 lead on a three-pointer by Jaylin Bridges early in the second half. North Little Rock rallied to lead 26-19 with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Panthers then tied the game at 27-27 with 2:16 left.

North Little Rock pulled out to a 30-27 lead with 58.6 seconds left. Van Enk hit 1 of 2 free throws with 34.1 seconds left.

After a North Little Rock turnover, Taylor was fouled with 20.7 seconds left but she missed two free throws. However, Bridges rebounded the second miss and was fouled. She hit two free throws to tie the game at 40-30.

Cabot then got the ball back after another North Little Rock turnover. However, Cabot was called for traveling with 4.1 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra period, North Little Rock jumped out to a 37-31 lead. Cabot never got closer than five points the rest of the game.

Taylor led Cabot with 13 points. McWilliams, Hamilton and Vank Enk had seven points each. Bridges added six.

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