Rabbits win three games in five days

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<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>The Lonoke Jackrabbits played Marianna in what was likely the last regular Lonoke High School basketball game in the old gymnasium. The Jackrabbits and Lady Jackrabbits are scheduled to move into the new Gina Cox Center next fall.</p>
<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Lonoke&amp;#8217;s Blake Mack dunks the ball over a Marianna defender during the Jackrabbits&amp;#8217; win over the Trojans on Saturday.</p>

The Lonoke Jackrabbits won three games in five days to improve to 17-4 overall and 12-1 in 4A-2 league play.

The Jackrabbits, ranked fourth in Class 4A, are tied with Pine Bluff Dollarway atop the league standings. However, the Cardinals have the tiebreaker by virtue of larger margin of victory over Lonoke.

Dollarway beat Lonoke 65-39 in the conference opener in December. Lonoke returned the favor by beating the Cardinals 59-55 last month.

Lonoke ends the regular season at Heber Springs on Friday while the Cardinals play at Clinton.

The Jackrabbits’ last three wins were 57-42 over Newport on Friday, 59-40 over Marianna in a postponed game Saturday and 58-32 over Clinton on Tuesday.

In Friday’s win, Lonoke trailed 15-12 after one quarter but rallied to lead 25-19 at halftime.

The third quarter was the difference as the Jackrabbits outscored the Greyhounds 17-7 to lead 42-26.

Jamel Rankin led Lonoke with 15 points. Blake Mack added 12. Darrius McCall had 10. Dra Offord and Zack Risner scored five points each. Darian Young had four. Tykel Gray, Reid McKenzie and Dustyn Perkins scored two points each.

Saturday’s game with Marianna was a continuation of one that was postponed late in the first quarter Jan. 29 because of severe weather in the area.

At the time, Marianna was leading 8-7 with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Lonoke trailed 15-9 early in the second quarter and 17-11 with 6:11 left.

Lonoke went on an 8-0 run to lead 19-17 with 3:24 left in the first half. Mack started the run with a steal and layup. Rankin followed with four points and Mack scored another basket.

The Jackrabbits led 26-23 at halftime.

Lonoke opened the second half with an 8-0 run to lead 34-23.

Marianna tried to keep it close, trailing 41-35 early in the fourth quarter. From there, Lonoke outscored the Trojans 18-2 to lead 59-37 with 2:20 left.

Mack led Lonoke with 21 points. Rankin had 10. Offord and McKenzie added six points each. Gray had four. Risner scored two.

In Tuesday’s win over Clinton, Lonoke led 11-7 after one quarter and 27-17 at halftime.

The third quarter proved to the difference in the game as Lonoke outscored the Yellowjackets 18-5 to lead 45-22 heading into the fourth quarter.

Mack and Offord led Lonoke with 13 points each. Rankin and McCall had seven each. Risner and McKenzie added four points each. Gray, Cedric Cooney, Young, Caleb Bracy and Perkins had two points each.

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