|Lonoke's Kennedy White scored 13 points in her team's win over Baptist Prep. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
LITTLE ROCK — The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits shook off a slow start against Baptist Prep for a 56-27 win over the Lady Eagles on Tuesday night.
Lonoke, under new coach Heath Swiney, are 4-2 on the season.
“We’re 4-2 so we’ve started the season on the upside,” Swiney said. “Last night, we played Baptist and did not have a very good first half offensively but we only gave up 12 points. You can’t be disappointed in that because that’s six points a quarter.”
Lonoke led 19-12 at halftime. Keiunna Walker scored nine of the first-half points. Mickenzie Williams scored five.
Lonoke came alive in the third quarter, outscoring Baptist Prep 22-8 in the third quarter. Kaley Woodruff and Kennedy White scored seven points each in the second quarter. Walker scored six more.
Lonoke continued the roll in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Eagles 17-7 to account for the final score.
Walker led Lonoke with 21 points. White had 13. Woodruff and Williams has even points each. Lilli Royer had six. Hannah Mosely scored three while Maddie Pool added a free throw.
“We came out in the second half and put a little pressure on them,” Swiney said. “We knocked the ball away from them a few times and shot some layups. We got going offensively and hit some shots. We just had to do the little things to get us going.”
Swiney the season is going like he had hoped it would early on.
“Starting next week, I looked at my schedule and called it murderer’s row,” he said. Lonoke hosts Russellville, play at Valley Springs, then play Beebe.
“Dec. 17, we obviously play Carlisle,” Swiney said. “They are a good basketball team this year.”
Lonoke also plays Central Arkansas Christian before Christmas break.
“We’ve got games against six teams that are pretty crucial the next two weeks,” he said.