By Mark Buffalo
It was a successful debut for the Lonoke Jackrabbits basketball team.
Lonoke broke open a close game in the second quarter in beating Pulaski Robinson 59-28 on Tuesday in Little Rock.
Lonoke led 11-9 after one quarter. Dra Offord, Darian Young, Zack Risner, Reid McKenzie and Blake Mack each scored two points during the quarter. Jamel Rankin added a free throw.
The second quarter belonged to the Jackrabbits. Lonoke outscored the Senators 21-6 to lead 32-15 at halftime. Rankin scored 10 points in the second quarter. Mack added four. Darrius McCall had three while Young and Tykel Gray scored two points each.
The Jackrabbits outscored the Senators 18-8 in the third quarter and 9-5 in the fourth quarter.
Lonoke coach Dean Campbell said he platooned his players during the opening moments so they could get a feel for the game.
"In the second quarter, we turned it up with more full-court pressure," he said. "That really gave them problems. Our guys did a really good job of executing what we’re trying to do with our press and we started getting some easy buckets. The more we got of those, it kept snowballing on them."
Rankin led the Jackrabbits with 14 points. Offord had 12. Young scored seven. Mack and McCall had six points each. Caleb Bracy added three. Scoring two points each were Gray, Ced Cooney, Risner, McKenzie and Dustyn Perkins. Braylin Bryant added a free throw.
The victory was Lonoke’s first game since falling to Jonesboro Westside in the first round of the Class 4A East Region tournament last February at Cave City.
"I think we still have a little bit of that taste in our mouth from that," Campbell said. "It was good to get the first one and get it out of the way. You never know how your kids are going to respond."
Lady Rabbits 38
The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits led 14-13 after one quarter but Pulaski Robinson pulled away for a 52-38 win Tuesday night.
The Lady Senators outscored Lonoke (3-2) 13-4 in the second quarter en route to the win.
Kerasha Johnson led Lonoke with 12 points. Amanda Sexton had eight. Savannah Holman added seven. Eboni Willis and Riely Rowton scored four each. Haiden Jeter scored two while Jasalyn Truelove scored one.
Lady Rabbits 42,
White Hall 41
Lonoke’s Kerasha Johnson hit 1 of 2 free throws with four seconds left to give Lonoke a 42-41 win over White Hall in the fifth-place game of the Southeast Arkansas Invitational on Saturday.
Callie Whitfield led Lonoke with 13 points. Eboni Willis scored 10. Savannah Holman and Johnson had seven points each. Jasalyn Truelove scored three while Amanda Sexton added a free throw.
Lady Rabbits 45,
Lonoke held off Dumas for a 45-42 win in the consolation round of the Southeast Arkansas Invitational.
Kerasha Johnson led Lonoke with 15 points. Savannah Holman scored 11. Eboni Willis had seven. Callie Whitfield, Riely Rowton and Amanda Sexton scored three points each. Jasalyn Truelove added two while Haiden Jeter made a free throw.