Lonoke’s Lady Jackrabbits went 1-1 last week, but they lost their 2-4A showdown with eStem, 46-39.
Heath Swiney’s team was 14-5 heading into Tuesday’s game with Bauxite, which started the second half of the conference round-robin schedule.
“It was the type of game you figured it would be,” Swiney said. “We were up one at the half, 22-21, and it was tied 31-31 at the end of the third.”
So what happened in the final period?
“They scored and we didn’t,” Swiney said Sunday. “They scored 15 and we scored eight. We just couldn’t score. We went through a spell when we got shots at the basket; we just couldn’t stick them in. We missed a couple of free throws.
“We had opportunities to score; we just didn’t.”
He said the Lady Mets’ size bothered his team. eStem (12-2) has four players 6 feet or over on its roster.
“They’re pretty good,” Swiney said. “Their length bothered us. They are really long, so even when we were inside, we were shooting against two girls who were probably 6-3.
“They went to a zone, and that made it hard for us to score. I thought we did a pretty good job defensively. We held them to 46 points, and we had to foul, so it was really closer to 40 points. That’s about where you want to be, but we only scored 39.”
Keiunna Walker led Lonoke with 16 points.
In their first game back from the holiday break, the Lady Rabbits rolled over Mayflower, 50-24. Lonoke led after one quarter, 15-5, and at halftime, 31-5, after holding the Lady Eagles scoreless in the second. Lonoke built its advantage to 45-14 after three quarters.
Walker was the leading scorer with 26 points.
Lonoke will play at Joe T. Robinson (5-6 at press time) on Friday. Lonoke won the first meeting, 56-22.
“They lost their best player from last year, but they are athletic and fast,” Swiney said of the Lady Senators. “If you let them hang around, they will get some confidence. If you go out and do what you’re supposed to do, it could be an early night, but if you don’t, you’re in a dog fight.”
The Lady Rabbits will travel to Baptist Prep on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Lady Eagles were 5-7 to open the week, including a 40-8 loss to the Lady Rabbits.
“They’re down,” Swiney said. “But they’re trying, and their junior high program has turned around. We just need to go over and do what we’re supposed to do, take care of business and be done.
“But it’s hard not to be looking ahead (to league-leading Central Arkansas Christian on Jan. 26). And that’s dangerous. It could be very dangerous.”