Lonoke’s Lady Jackrabbits wasted no time leaping into the new basketball season, falling to Fayetteville, the defending Class 7A state champion, 47-32 at Hendrix College last week.


“We were up one at half and ended up getting beat 15, but it was back and forth for most of the game,” Lonoke coach Heath Swiney said Sunday. “It got to 15 with three or four minutes left in the fourth quarter. We were down and I decided to half-court trap, and they threw over the top and hit a 3. We got to trading buckets.


“They’re really good.”


The Lady Bulldogs feature 6-1 post player Sasha Goforth, who as a freshman last year was named Class 7A MVP after the championship win over North Little Rock.


“She can go,” Swiney said. “They also have one going to play for Missouri State and (former Razorback) Corey Beck’s daughter (point guard Coriah Beck). Watching her guard reminded me of watching him guard people. She can guard anyone on the floor.”


He said despite early foul trouble, the Lady Rabbits got what they wanted out of the opener.


“We learned that all our kids can compete with the best players,” Swiney said. “Every kid that went out and played did what they were asked to do. You could tell a lot of them know what their role is. A few have still got to figure it out.”


He blamed the three fouls on the first possession on being aggressive.


“That happens,” he said. “Defensively, we did some good things. We took four charges.


“Our kids never quit playing hard against a good team. The kids should learn from that that we can play with anybody we step on the floor with.”


Keiunna Walker led Lonoke with 10 points. Arius McClain added nine.


The Lady Rabbits, who played at Bauxite on Tuesday, will visit Russellville on Monday, Nov. 20, and play host to Joe T. Robinson on Tuesday, Nov. 21.