The Cabot Lady Panthers bounced back from a tumultuous week to beat Mount St. Mary 66-37 on Friday night.
The win was technically Cabot’s first of 7A-Central play. The Lady Panthers vacated three previous conference wins, including one over Mount St. Mary, because the school self-reported a violation of playing an ineligible player.
They are now 1-7 in league play, trailing Bryant and Forth Smith Southside, which are both tied for fifth at 2-5.
In the win over Mount St. Mary, Cabot led 18-10 after one quarter and 34-22 at halftime.
The Belles tried to get back into the game, cutting Cabot’s lead to 35-27 with 5:08 left in the third quarter. The Lady Panthers scored the final 16 points of the quarter to lead 51-27.
Hannah Chandler started the run with a basket. She scored four during the 16-0 run. Also scoring were Kenzie Wagner, Chloe Thompson, Emily Belin and Leslie Roberts, who scored five, including a three-pointer.
Cabot finally invoked the running clock on a basket by Allie Grisham with 1:50 left in the game, making the score 64-34.
Belin led Cabot with 14 points. She also had 12 rebounds. Roberts and Chandler had 11 points each. Brooklyn Stracener had eight. Wagner added seven. Hannah Ogilvie scored four. Dejah Jimerson had three. Scoring two each were Blair Nichols, Thompson and Grisham. Morgan Westbrook added a free throw.