Lonoke’s Lady Jackrabbits came up four points short of defending their title in the Goldfish Classic last week.


Heath Swiney’s team beat Malvern in the opening round, 49-22; and England in the semifinals, 63-41; before falling to Carlisle in the championship, 55-52.


Lonoke entered Tuesday’s game at Mayflower 13-4.


“The tournament ended up pretty disappointingly to get to the finals and get beat,” Swiney said Sunday. “We had a chance to win it two years in a row; we just didn’t do it. But like I told the girls, you’ve got to give those guys all the credit in the world. Those kids came out and played hard and made plays down the stretch.


“We made some plays down the stretch, but we just couldn’t make the big one, and they came away with a win.”


Against Malvern, Lonoke raced out to a 16-0 lead. Keiunna Walker and Arius McClain led the Lady Rabbits with 18 and 16 points, respectively.


Against England, Lonoke led at the break, 32-15. Walker led again with 28 points; McClain added 13.


Against Carlisle, Walker was scoreless at halftime but finished with 27 points.


“Now we turn our attention to the conference,” Swiney said.


The Lady Rabbits will play host to eStem in a showdown Friday. The Lady Mets are 10-2, having lost only to Vilonia and Central Arkansas Christian. Lonoke lost to CAC to head into the Christmas break.


“That’s a big game because they’re in our district, and that game could have seeding implications for the district tournament,” Swiney said. “It’s a big game for us.”


Lonoke will play host to Bauxite (9-5 at press time) on Tuesday, Jan. 9.