Lonoke’s Lady Rabbits headed into Thanksgiving break last week 3-1 after a pair of early-week wins.
Heath Swiney’s team knocked off Class 6A Russellville, 59-52; and Class 4A Joe T. Robinson, 56-22.
At Russellville on Monday before Thanksgiving, Lonoke overcame a slow start for the win.
“We got down 16-2,” Swiney said. “We didn’t play very well early at all, and I didn’t feel like we played very well late.”
The Lady Cyclones led after the first quarter, 14-2, but Lonoke shaved a bit off the deficit in the second quarter to trail by 25-20 at the break. The Lady Rabbits took control in the third, winning it 21-10, to hold a 41-35 edge heading into the final period and added one more point to their margin by the final buzzer.
“We shot well at the free throw line,” Swiney said of the 28-of-38 performance. “It was a good win, on the road, but you feel like you should’ve played better.”
He discounted excuses such as school being out for the holidays.
“You just have to show up and play,” he said. “You have to get yourself ready to play. One of our weaknesses is being able to go all the time. We pick and choose when we’re ready and up, and to be a championship team, you can’t do that. We can’t get down 16-2 against (Central Arkansas Christian) or eStem. We’ll get killed.”
On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Lonoke rolled over Robinson, 56-22. The Lady Jackrabbits led after one quarter, 19-2.
“We played better,” Swiney said. “We came out fast and put them away early. We took care of business and won like we were supposed to.”
Lonoke, which played Baptist Prep on Tuesday, will visit LISA Academy (2-2 at press time) on Friday.
“Our big week is the next week in the Cabot tournament,” Swiney said. “That’ll be a busy week.”
The Lady Rabbits will open with Maumelle at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. The rest of the field includes Pulaski Academy, Beebe, Cabot, Little Rock McClellan, Pine Bluff and Searcy.