“Triple threat” of seniors leading Norfork to new heights

The Norfork girls basketball program is no stranger to success.

That’s thanks in large part to seniors Macy Dillard and Kinley Stowers.

Since their rise to the varsity team in 2016, the duo has won more than 100 games.

“Ever since then we’ve just been right there together, always playing together, always doing everything together,” Dillard said.

So it’s no surprise expectations were high for the Lady Panthers after their junior year.

Now the dynamic duo has a new nickname.

“Triple threat, triple threat, the triple threat,” the three athletes said with a laugh.

The triple threat, because the Lady Panthers added another senior for this season, Arkansas’s third all-time leading scorer, Whitlee Layne.

“Outside of basketball, they made me feel comfortable, so I felt more comfortable on the court too,” Layne said.

That helped Whitlee settle in and pass the 3,000 point mark for her career.

The comfort level also allows the members this trio to lean on each other.

“I know if I’m not on my game, I trust them two to pick me up and they’ll be on their game, and if they’re not on their game, I’m going to try to have their back,” Layne said.

That attitude gives Macy and Kinley confidence in their chance to win a state title.

Just like Whitlee did as a sophomore at Bay High School.

“I think somebody who has been there, and knows what those Hot Springs big lights, big timing it, she can be like ‘listen I’ve been here, I’ve done it, it’s really not that big of a deal.’”

But this group known as the triple threat is becoming a very big deal in Norfork.

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