Friday, January 16, 2015

SPORTS STORY >> N. Pulaski routs Fair War Eagles

Leader sports editor

The North Pulaski Lady Falcons picked up their second conference win of the season on Tuesday, hammering J.A. Fair 58-27 in west Little Rock. North Pulaski got out to a slow start, but turned up the intensity late in the first quarter. Lady Falcon coach Stacy Dalmut called for pressure with about two minutes

remaining in the opening frame and her squad began forcing several turnovers.

“We started off really sluggish,” said Dalmut. “For some reason we’ve made a habit of that. But we did pretty well once we got going. We ran our press correctly and got steals. It was a good game for us to work on those things.”

Sophomore guard Allison Seats continued to shoot well, finishing with a game-high 20 points after scoring 26 in the Lady Falcons’ recent win over Mills. She is averaging 16.8 points per game, and 22 points per game since conference play began.

“She’s been pretty consistent for us but I’d like to see a lot more balance in our scoring,” Dalmut said. “It’s good that we’re getting points from different people at different times, but I’d like to see them all a little more consistent.”

Post player Raigen Thomas scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Tuesday while Elisha Smith scored 10 points. But other players have had high-scoring games at different times this year, and then fallen off in other games.

Point guard Ilycia Carter was scoring well early in the season and Kiarra Evans scored 18 last Friday, but both managed just four points on Tuesday.

“Ilycia has been in a shooting slump lately and we’re working to get her out of that,” Dalmut said. “She’s shooting lights out in practice and it’s just not carrying over into games right now. Kiarra is another one that we know is capable of scoring more than she has been. We need to get everyone going together if we’re going to beat some of these top teams. But I really feel like we’re capable.”

The Lady Falcons entered last night’s matchup at home against Sylvan Hills 6-9 overall and 2-1 in conference play. They will travel to Jacksonville on Tuesday.

The North Pulaski boys dropped to 0-3 in league play with a 59-26 loss to the War Eagles on Tuesday.