Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lady Jackrabbits lose 2; Jackrabbits gain split this week

Lonoke coach Nathan Morris talks to his team during its game with CAC on Friday. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

Jarrelyn McCall makes a move to the basket against CAC.

Lady Jackrabbits drop 2 conference games
The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits fell to 3-4 in 4A-2 league play with 50-48 loss to Newport on Tuesday at the Gina Cox Center and a 40-34 loss to Central Arkansas Christian on Friday at the Diles Activities Center on Mustang Mountain. 
In the loss to Newport, Lonoke led 21-16 at halftime and 34-27 after three quarter.
The Lady Greyhounds outscored Lonoke 23-14 in the final eight minutes. 
Eboni Willis led Lonoke with 14 points. Jarrelyn McCall had 11. Kerasha Johnson and Amanda Sexton had 9 points each. Kimistri Ballance scored 3. Ashlyn Allen added a field goal. 
In the CAC game, Lonoke got off to a great start, leading 10-3 with 2:41 left in the first quarter. Ballance hit a 3-pointer then McCall scored 8 in a row to account for a 10-0 run.
CAC stormed back to take a 12-10 lead. Lonoke led 17-16 at halftime.
The Lady Jackrabbits led 21-18 following a layup by Johnson. Lonoke led 24-20 following a 3-point play by Willis with 39.6 seconds left in the third quarter.
Lonoke's last lead came at 29-27 with 5:45 left in the game. 
CAC pushed its lead to 37-29. Lonoke cut the deficit to 37-34 with 1:19 left but the Lady Jackrabbits did not score again. 
McCall led Lonoke with 15 points. Willis had 8. Sexton and Johnson had 4 points each. Ballance had 3. 
Christyn Williams led CAC with 19 points. 

Lonoke's Brenton Bryant attempts a layup against CAC.

Jackrabbits split 2 conference games
The Lonoke Jackrabbits knocked off Newport 63-38 on Tuesday but fell to CAC 52-28  on Friday.
in the win over Newport, Lonoke led 20-8 after one quarter and 42-19 at halftime. 
Jawaun Bryant led Lonoke with 20 points. Brenton Bryant had 10. Kylan Branscomb and Nick Bates had 8 points each. Tyler Spencer and Haven Hunter scored 4 each. Isaac Moore had 2. TaMarrae Moore had 1.
In the loss to CAC, Lonoke led 5-0 after a layup by Jawaun Bryant and a 3-pointer by Toney.
CAC led 11-10 after one quarter.
Lonoke reclaimed the lead at 12-11 on two free throws by Byron Fair early in the second quarter. However, points became hard to come by for the Jackrabbits. 
The Mustangs went on a 12-0 run to lead 23-12 with 1:31 left in the first half. Jawaun Bryant ended the run by hitting 1 of 2 foul shots with 1:18 left.
CAC opened the second half with another 12-0 run to lead 34-13 with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
Jawuan Bryant led Lonoke with 9 points. Brenton Bryant had 8. Toney had 5. Fair scored 3. Bates scored 2. Yancy Cooney had a free throw.
Jaleel Johnson led CAC with 13 points. 

Lonoke's Haven Hunter, right, forces a jump ball against CAC's Stephen Flanigan.

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