Cabot Junior High North used a big third quarter to help turn a back and forth game with Cabot Junior High South into a 39-30 win for the North Lady Panthers.
Leading 16-13 at halftime, the North Lady Panthers gave up a quick basket that made it a one-point game early in the third quarter. The North Panthers went on a 10-0 run the rest of the quarter that gave them a 26-15 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
"I was so proud of the way our girls played in that third quarter," said Cabot North coach Jeremy Halbrook. "There was a big difference between that and the first time we played."
Cabot South got the best of North in the rivals’ first meeting, despite North leading by 10 points at halftime.
This time, following South’s Anna Sullivan opening the half with a basket, the North Panthers got going thanks to four quick points from Coco Calhoon. A free throw by Lily Sinclair, a three-pointer from Rachel Allgood and a last second bucket from MaKenzie Sexton put the North ladies ahead by double figures.
The fourth quarter saw things begin to tighten up, but North pulled away in the final minute.
Sinclair made a three-pointer with just over four minutes left to play to put the North Lady Panthers ahead 31-19.
South began a comeback attempt with Sarah Davis, Chloe Bean and Sullivan making five of six free throws. The South Lady Panthers focused on attacking the basket in the fourth quarter, looking to get a layup or draw a foul.
Cabot South missed the next four free throws however, while Cabot North made enough to open up a 13-point lead with 15 seconds left to play. Sinclair made three of those free throws on the way to leading all scorers with 14 points.
"Lily had an excellent game for us tonight," said Halbrook. "She helped keep our focus in the fourth quarter when we needed it."
While Sinclair was the only Cabot North player in double digits, Allgood was next with seven points and Sexton with six points. Calhoon scored five points, Maddie Rice had four points, Claire Eitling added two points, while Kyndall Best made a free throw in the win.
Sullivan led Cabot South with 10 points, while Sarah Davis and Heather Hill had five points each. Leighton Taylor scored four, with Bean scoring two points and Madison Nichols adding a free throw.