The Cabot Lady Panthers made it to the finals of their own Pre-Holiday Tournament but fell cold in a 46-28 loss to the Vilonia Lady Eagles on Saturday night at Panther Arena.
The undefeated Lady Eagles didn’t have that problem, making four consecutive three-pointers in the first quarter and then three more in the third quarter
Cabot trailed just 16-13 at halftime, but couldn’t buy a basket in the second half as Vilonia heated up.
Vilonia went on 9-2 runs to open both the third and fourth quarters. Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers missed six consecutive shots right underneath the basket at one point.
"We’re just not playing very well right now," said Cabot coach Carla Crowder. "We couldn’t make a shot from anywhere."
Cabot normally thrives by passing until they either get an open shot within seven feet of the basket, or a good look from beyond the arc. On Saturday, the Lady Panthers didn’t have a three-pointer in the game. Vilonia’s defense made it hard for Cabot to find an open shooter near the basket, and when they did, the Lady Eagles were quick to swarm to the ball.
The Lady Panthers trailed 14-10 after the first quarter. The second quarter was a defensive struggle with Vilonia scoring a bucket early, then being held scoreless. Cabot won the quarter 3-2.
Danielle McWilliams came off the bench to lead the Lady Panthers with eight points. Elliot Taylor scored seven points, while Alyssa Hamilton was next with six points. Abbey Allgood scored three points, while Jaylin Bridges and Maddie Willhite had two points each.
The Lady Panthers beat Pulaski Academy 64-53 in the first round of the tournament. They earned a trip to the finals after defeating Harding Academy 57-32.
In the win over Harding, Hamilton led Cabot with 15 points. Taylor and Bridges had 12 points each. Ryan Wilson scored 10. Shauna Attendorn added three. Allgood and Ally Van Enk scored two points each while Riley Patterson made a free throw.
In the win over Pulaski Academy, Hamilton led the Lady Panthers with 20 points. Taylor scored 18. Bridges added eight. Allgood scored seven. Van Enk had six. McWilliams scored five while Patterson added a free throw.