The Cabot Lady Panthers had their first contest Monday night in the Heavenly Hoops Tournament at Mount St. Mary, although they weren’t exactly tested in an 89-29 win over Forrest City.
The Lady Panthers led 15-2 three minutes into the game and never looked back.
Cabot’s pressure was too much for the Lady Mustangs, who looked worn down midway through the second quarter. That pressure led to several turnovers and smart passes in transition by the Lady Panthers.
"We work really hard on our transition game, both on offense and defense," said Cabot coach Carla Crowder. "We passed the ball really well tonight, especially in our transition game."
The Lady Panthers had close to 30 assists in the win, led by Ally Van Enk with nine assists. She also had seven points and four steals.
Cabot had four girls score in double figures, led by sophomore Alyssa Hamilton with 18 points. Hamilton also led with six rebounds and added three steals. Elliot Taylor scored 14 points and also had four steals and three assists. Ryan Wilson also had 14 points, while Jaylin Bridges scored 11 points, and had four steals and three assists. Bridges connected on a trio of three-pointers.
The Lady Panthers led 24-9 after the first quarter and lengthened that lead to 55-17 by halftime. The mercy rule went into effect in the third quarter as the starters and reserves all had their way on the court. Even playing a shortened quarter with the running clock, Cabot’s bench scored 17 points in the fourth quarter while allowing just one field goal.
The Lady Panthers didn’t play flawlessly however. Cabot had 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone, and also had nine team fouls by the end of the quarter. The turnovers were offset by the Lady Panthers forcing twice that number.
Other Panthers who got in the scoring column were Abbey Allgood with nine points, Katey Wise with eight points, Riley Patterson with six points and five rebounds, and Shauna Attendorn with two points.
Cabot advances to play Watson Chapel tonight. The top half of the bracket has a potential showdown with the North Little Rock Charging Lady Wildcats looming.