|Lonoke's Keiunna Walker shoots for two while being guarded by Carlisle's Kiara Miller. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
CARLISLE — Lonoke High School won 3 of 4 games from Carlisle High School on Saturday night at Bison Arena.
Carlisle won the junior girls game 36-19; Lonoke won the junior boys game 39-21, the senior girls game 63-48 and the senior boys game 52-37.
Lady Rabbits rally to beat Lady Bison in heavyweight match
The battle between two of the best players in the state didn’t disappoint as Lonoke rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to beat Carlisle 63-48 on Saturday.
Lonoke senior Keiunna Walker is ranked 31st in the Girls Fab 40 rankings of high school players in Arkansas by www.arkansasbasketballrankings.com. Carlisle senior Kylie Warren is ranked 36th.
Walker scored 43 while Warren had 24 in a matchup two of the best teams in their respective classifications in the state.
Walker scored 18 of her 43 points in the final eight minutes as the Lady Jackrabbits outscored the Lady Bison 27-10.
Carlisle led 27-22 at halftime. Lonoke scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 29-27 lead. Carlisle led 38-36 after three quarters. Warren scored the final four points of the quarter.
Carlisle’s last lead was 40-38 following a jumper by Heather Bowlan. Lonoke took a 41-40 lead on a three-pointer by Arius McClain with 6:55 left.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 48-43 with 4:49 left following a layup by Walker. Warren scored on a drive to the basket with 4:20 left to make the score 48-45. Carlisle cut it to 49-47 on a layup by Warren with 3:41 left. McClain responded with a three-pointer to make the score 52-47.
Carlisle’s last points came on a free throw by Kiara Miller with 3:04 left. Lonoke scored the game’s final 11 points to secure the victory.
McClain added 12 points for Lonoke. Hannah Moseley scored six. Kennedy White had two.
Blakely Ellis added 10 for Carlisle. Bowlan and Miller had five points each. Shelby Hancock had two.
|Lonoke's Tyriqe Jackson shoots over two Carlisle defenders.|
Jackrabbits pull away from Bison
The Carlisle Bison gave the Lonoke Jackrabbits all they wanted but eventually fell 52-37.
Carlisle led 13-12 after one quarter when Will Carter hit an off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer.
Each team scored six points in the second quarter as Carlisle led 19-18 at halftime.
Lonoke outscored Carlisle 15-9 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Tyriqe Jackson led Lonoke with 25 points. Nick Tate had nine. Jayden Johnson finished with seven. Braidon Bryant scored six. Timothy Hunter had three. Chase Bryant added two.
Braiden Jenkins led Carlisle with 12 points. Jamarious Harper, Caleb Jones and Kamryn Taylor had six points each. Carter scored four. Baylor Craig added three.