The Cabot Lady Panthers got back on the winning track Friday night by taking down the Bryant Lady Hornets 47-34 at Panther Arena.
An evenly matched first quarter saw Bryant equal to the task and keeping the score tied at 8-8 after the first period.
Cabot began pulling away in the middle quarters, outscoring Bryant 12-6 and 17-7 in the second and third quarters, respectively.
The Lady Panthers upped their lead to 41-24 early in the fourth quarter before pulling many starters in the final minutes.
"We played a lot better tonight," said Cabot coach Carla Crowder. "We didn’t play very well at all in the tournament final, so tonight was a good win."
Crowder was referring to her team’s 46-28 loss to Vilonia in the finals of the Cabot Pre-Holiday Tournament at Panther Arena on Dec. 8.
Sophomore post Alyssa Hamilton was one starter who stayed in the game and finished as the leading scorer with 16 points. Hamilton was consistent throughout, scoring four points in each quarter.
Hamilton received help from different sources in the middle quarters when Cabot took a commanding lead. Abbey Allgood finished with six points, four of those coming in the third quarter. Ally Van Enk was second on the team with 12 points, scoring six in the second quarter and the first four of the fourth.
The Lady Panthers were able to take control despite missing quite a bit of offense. Elliot Taylor didn’t suit up and was on the bench with a walking cast on her foot. Taylor is injured and expected to be out of action until early to mid-January. Jaylin Bridges was in the game, but wearing a knee brace. One of the team’s better three-point artists, Bridges finished with one trey for three points.
Danielle McWilliams came off the bench to finish third on the team with seven points. Riley Patterson added two points for the Lady Panthers.