The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits went on a 66-12 run from the opening tip to the final buzzer against the Pine Bluff Dollarway Lady Cardinals Tuesday night at the LHS gymnasium.
One long run was how the game felt, as Lonoke completely outclassed Dollarway. Just about the only negative would be that it was over three minutes into the first quarter before the Lady Rabbits got on the board.
Once they did, the Lonoke guards found they feed Eboni Willis down low almost at will. Willis led the Lady Rabbits with 25 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Riely Rowton led Lonoke with eight rebounds.
Several injuries meant that Lonoke only suited up eight players in the win.
"Confidence is the main thing you take from a game like this," said Lonoke coach Nathan Morris. "We’re banged up, but that means some of the other girls get extra time and that helps get them ready to go."
Lonoke had players fill up the stat sheet up and down the lineup. Callie Whitfield scored 19 points, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists. Kerasha Johnson led the Lady Rabbits with seven assists, and also had six points and six rebounds.
Savannah Holman scored 10 points to go with five assists. Haiden Jeter scored two points, but was busy on the boards with seven rebounds. Samaria Jones rounded out the scoring with two points.
"We’re young, but getting better by the day," Morris said. "Callie shot the ball really well tonight and they just kept feeding Eboni in the paint for easy baskets."
Lonoke led 13-2 after the first quarter, then didn’t allow a point in the second quarter as they surged to a 30-2 halftime lead. After giving up a basket to start the second half, Lonoke went on a 13-0 run. A 14-0 run to begin the fourth quarter widened the lead to 60-6.
"We shot the ball really well later in the game," Morris said. "Really we played better and better each quarter."
The Lady Rabbits will have the rest of the week to get ready for next Tuesday’s showdown with Southside Batesville.