Jackrabbits can’t hold off Cardinals

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Lonoke’s Blake Mack hits a reverse layup against Dollarway on Tuesday night.
The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits were the runners-up in the Bradford Junior High Invitational last week. Lonoke fell to Harding Academy in the championship game. (Submitted photo)

The Lonoke Jackrabbits were seemingly in control in the fourth quarter against Pine Bluff Dollarway on Tuesday night. However, the Cardinals seized the game.

Dollarway rallied from a 41-33 deficit to beat the Jackrabbits 50-47 at the Gina Cox Center.

Lonoke drops to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in 4A-2 league play.

After falling behind 8-0, the Jackrabbits battled back to trail 24-23 at halftime. The third quarter was even until Lonoke scored the final nine points of the quarter to lead 41-33.

Lonoke’s Jamel Rankin scored the first seven points of the run before Blake Mack scored the last two with 26 seconds left

The Cardinals opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to lead 42-41 with 4:49 left. Lonoke then scored six in a row — two each Tykel Gray, Rankin and Darius McCall — to lead 47-42 with 3:26 left.

The Jackrabbits did not score again. Dollarway scored the game’s final eight points but Lonoke had its chances.

Dollarway tied the game at 47-47 with 1:47 left. Lonoke turned it over in the backcourt on its next possession.

The Cardinals took a 48-47 lead when Gujuan Christmas hit 1 of 2 free throws with 41.8 seconds left. Lonoke turned the ball over again on its next possession.

Dollarway pushed its lead to 50-47 with 28 seconds left. Lonoke’s Darian Young missed a three-pointer with 15 seconds left.

The Jackrabbits fouled Dollarway’s Joshua Liddell with 11.8 seconds left and he missed the front end of the bonus but the Jackrabbits could not get a shot off to tie before the final horn sounded.

“I thought we did a great job all night of rebounding,” Lonoke coach Dean Campbell said. “We went two or three possessions that we took off. I really felt like we were in position when they had to come get us to really attack and finish and go make plays. And we didn’t do that. We gave them too many extra possessions when we didn’t get the opportunity to shoot a shot or even a free throw.

“We’ve got to get that fixed.”

Campbell said he told his team that the “house isn’t falling down.”

“There are just some repairs to make here and there and it will be fine,” Campbell said. “I can’t fault their effort. Just at the end, we allowed them to speed us up. We panicked and didn’t take care of the ball. And that’s the ball game. In a nutshell, that’s it.”

Mack led Lonoke with 22 points but did not score in the fourth quarter. Rankin added nine. McCall scored seven. Young had five. Gray scored four.

Liddell led Dollarway with 22 points.

Rabbits 52, Heber Springs 40

Lonoke knocked off Heber Springs 52-40 on Friday night.

The Panthers led 16-12 after one quarter but the score was tied 26-26 at halftime.

Blake Mack led Lonoke with 19 points. Jamel Rankin had 12. Brenton Bryant scored six. Darius McCall had four. Tykel Gray, Cedric Cooney and Darian Young had three points each. Jawuan Bryant scored two.

Dollarway 38, Jr. Rabbits 34

Lonoke dropped its first conference matchup of the season, falling to Dollarway 38-34 on Tuesday at the Gina Cox Center.

Lonoke led 10-9 after one quarter but trailed 18-16 at halftime.

Isaac Toney led Lonoke with 16 points. Jydan Johnson had seven. Haven Hunter scored five. Kylan Branscomb had four. Tammerra Moore scored two.

Jr. Rabbits 39, Heber Springs 16

The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits pulled away for a 39-16 win over Heber Springs on Friday.

Lonoke led 18-9 at halftime then outscored the Junior Panthers 14-5 in the third quarter.

Isaac Toney led Lonoke with 16 points. Kylan Branscomb had eight. Haven Hunter had six. Jydan Johnson scored four. Tammerra Moore added three.

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