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Lady Jackrabbits bounce back with win over Stuttgart

Lonoke’s Jarrelyn McCall is fouled while making a move to the basket against Stuttgart on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Lonoke’s Jarrelyn McCall is fouled while making a move to the basket against Stuttgart on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Lonoke’s Kerasha Johnson makes a move on a Stuttgart defender. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Lonoke’s Kerasha Johnson makes a move on a Stuttgart defender. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

For the second consecutive Tuesday, the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits bounced back from a disappointing road loss with a home victory.

Lonoke lost at Clinton 47-43 on Friday then routed the Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds 62-43 on Tuesday.

With the win, Lonoke is now 15-6 overall and 7-2 in 4A-2 league play.

Lonoke coach Nathan Morris said the win was the best his team has played at home this year.

“We distributed the basketball a lot better tonight than we have,” Morris said. “I just think we did everything better tonight than we have been. We rebounded better. We blocked out better and we pushed the ball better. Except for midway through the second quarter, I thought we played closer to a complete game than what we have.

“We need another one on Friday,” referring to Lonoke’s game with Southside Batesville at the Gina Cox Center.

“We have not played complete game at home,” Morris said. “We’ve either let someone back into it or didn’t open it up until late. We’re playing pretty well. I was proud of the effort and execution both.”

Lonoke jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first quarter then pushed it to 17-5 heading into the second quarter.

Lonoke’s Eboni Willis scored on a putback early in the second quarter to give her team a 19-5 lead.

Stuttgart tried to keep it close and trailed 29-19 at halftime.

Stuttgart cut Lonoke’s lead to 29-23 early in the second half but the Lady Jackrabbits came alive with an 8-0 run to lead 37-23. Lonoke led 39-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lonoke put the game away with a 13-3 run to lead 52-33 with 4:48 left. Willis scored six points during the run. Amanda Sexton had four. Callie Whitfield had two while Jarrelyn McCall added a free throw.

Willis led Lonoke with 18 points. McCall and Sexton added 14 each. Whitfield had nine. Ashlyn Allen scored five while Kerasha Johnson had two.

In Lonoke’s loss at Clinton, McCall led the Lady Jackrabbits with 19 points. Sexton had nine. Willis scored seven. Johnson added six. Kimistri Balance had two.

Junior Lady Jackrabbits

Lonoke’s junior dropped their last two games.

Clinton beat Lonoke 39-12 on Friday and Lonoke lost at Stuttgart 27-21 on Monday.

In the loss Friday, Lonoke trailed 12-2 after one quarter and 26-2 at halftime.

Deria Allen led Lonoke with four points. Annie Whisnant and Mickenzie Williams scored three points each. Arian Phillips scored two.

Against Stuttgart, Lonoke trailed 3-1 after one quarter and 9-6 at halftime.

Both teams scored 10 points in the third quarter.

Kylie Hobson led Lonoke with nine points. Whisnant and Maddie Pool had three points each. Keiunna Walker, Destiny Bracy and Allen scored two each.

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