The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits shook off a slow start to beat Pine Bluff Dollarway 54-29 on Tuesday night at the Gina Cox Center.
Lonoke is now 14-5 overall and 6-1 in 4A-2 league play.
The score was tied 8-8 after one quarter and 10-10 early in the second quarter before the Lady Jackrabbits scored 10 in a row to lead 20-10 with 3:25 left in the first half. Lonoke led 22-13 at halftime.
Dollarway’s Chandra Hayes scored the first basket of the second half to cut the deficit to 22-15. From there, Lonoke scored 13 in a row to take control of the game. Eboni Willis started the run with a short jumper. Jarrelyn McCall then converted a three-point play. Callie Whitfield, Willis, Amanda Sexton and McCall each scored two points the rest of the run. The last eight points came off Dollarway turnovers.
“For no more work than that group has had pressing together, I thought we did an outstanding job,” Lonoke coach Nathan Morris said. “We’ll get better at it but it tells me that they can press a little bit.”
Morris said his team made a few more easy baskets in the second half.
“We missed a bushel of easy baskets in the first half,” he said. “We held their freshman guard, Jayana Sanders, to four points. She had 20 on us at Dollarway.”
Morris said his team continues to struggle on the boards.
“That’s a key,” he said. “We’ve got to get better at it against better competition.”
Morris said the people of Lonoke have not seen his team play a complete game at home this season.
“We need to put that together and show them,” he said. “We’ve put some good games tother on the road but not at home.”
McCall led Lonoke with 20 points. Willis scored 12. Ashlyn Allen had seven. Sexton scored six. Whitfield added five. Scoring two each were Haiden Jeter and Kerasha Johnson.
Heber Springs 44, Lady Rabbits 41
The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits dropped their first conference game of the season Friday night, falling to undefeated Heber Springs 44-41.
Lonoke jumped out to a 4-0 lead on baskets by Kerasha Johnson and Eboni Willis. However, the score was tied 7-7 after one quarter.
Heber Springs outscored Lonoke 16-11 in the second quarter to lead 23-18 at halftime. Lonoke cut the deficit to 32-31 after three quarters. Willis scored six points in the third quarter.
Heber Springs held off the Lady Jackrabbits in the fourth quarter as it outscored Lonoke 12-10.
Willis led Lonoke with 21 points. Jarrelyn McCall had 13. Callie Whitfield and Amanda Sexton had three points each. Johnson added two. Ashlyn Allen added a free throw.
Jr. Lady Rabbits 24, Heber Springs 20
The Lonoke Junior Lady Jackrabbits held off Heber Springs for a 24-20 win Friday night.
Lonoke trailed 8-6 after one quarter and 14-13 at halftime.
Lonoke outscored Heber Springs 11-6 in the second half to get the win.
Keiunna Walker led Lonoke with six points. Maddie Pool scored five. Arian Phillips and Destiny Bracy had four points each. Annie Whisnant scored three. Kylie Hobson added two.
Jr. Lady Rabbits 33, Dollarway 8
Lonoke led 17-4 at halftime then cruised to a 33-8 win over Dollarway on Tuesday.
Maddie Pool led Lonoke with six points. Keiunna Walker had five. Scoring four each were Kennedy White and Deria Allen. Scoring two each were Kylie Hobson, Shakey Gomillion, Sydnee Gann and Octavia Rogers. Annie Whisnant and Arian Phillips each added free throws.