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Lady Rabbits, Rabbits win openers in tourney

Lonoke’s Eboni Willis calls for the ball in the low post against Pulaski Robinson last week. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Lonoke’s Eboni Willis calls for the ball in the low post against Pulaski Robinson last week. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Lonoke coch Dean Campbell watches the action during the first game at the Gina Cox Center last week in Lonoke. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Lonoke coch Dean Campbell watches the action during the first game at the Gina Cox Center last week in Lonoke. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits bounced back from their home-opening loss with a 69-51 win over Guy-Perkins in the first round of the St. Joseph Classic in Conway on Monday.

Lonoke played Vilonia in the second round on Wednesday. If Lonoke wins, it will play Saturday at 520 in the finals, weather permitting. The third-place game is Saturday at 2:40 p.m.

In the win over Guy-Perkins, Lonoke led 16-10 after one quarter. Eboni Willis scored eight points in the first quarter. Amanda Sexton had four. Kerasha Johnson and Jarrelyn McCall scored two each.

Lonoke pushed its lead to 35-28 at halftime. Johnson scored seven in the second quarter.

McCall came to life in the third quarter, scoring 12 of Lonoke’s 20 points in that quarter.

McCall led Lonoke with 18 points. Sexton finished with 16. Johnson scored 15. Willis scored 13 points. Kimistri Balance had five. Ashlyn Allen scored two.

The Lady Jackrabbits are now 2-1 on the season.

Jackrabbits knock off Vilonia

The Lonoke Jackrabbits improved to 2-0 on the season with a 59-43 win over Vilonia in the first round of the Conway St. Joseph Classic on Tuesday.

Lonoke led 13-4 after one quarter. Blake Mack scored four points in the first quarter while Darian Young and Tykel Gray each hit a three-pointer. Jamel Rankin scored and Darrius McCall hit a free throw.

The Jackrabbits pushed their lead to 26-12 by halftime. Mack scored seven of Lonoke’s 13 points in the second eight minutes. Gray and Young each hit three-pointers.

Rankin then took control of the game offensively in the third quarter, scoring 14 of his team’s 18 points as the Jackrabbits led 44-23 after three quarters.

Vilonia outscored Lonoke 17-15 in the fourth quarter but the Jackrabbits hit all seven of its free throws during the last eight minutes.

Rankin led Lonoke with 22 points. Gray and Mack had 11 points each. Young added 10. McCall had five.

Lonoke played in the semifinals Wednesday night. The championship game is Saturday at 6:40 p.m., weather permitting. The third-place game is Saturday at 4 p.m.

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