Results weren’t available by press time, but Lonoke’s regular-season finale against eStem on Tuesday had a big say in seedings for next week’s 2-4A District Tournament at Riverview.
Heath Swiney’s Lady Jackrabbits were 20-6 heading in, including a 46-39 loss to the Lady Mets. Both teams have lost twice to Central Arkansas Christian, but eStem forfeited a win against Bauxite.
League coaches — Lonoke, eStem, CAC, Baptist Prep, Heber Springs, Helena-West Helena Central, Riverview, Southside Batesville and Stuttgart — were to meet Wednesday to seed. They represent three different combined conferences.
“There’s no doubt CAC is No. 1 because nobody in (Class) 4A has beaten them,” Swiney said Sunday. “The others don’t think our conference is very good from top to bottom, so it kind of depends on how you get in there and vote.
“The way I see it, I feel like the winner of our game with eStem has a good shot to get the 2 seed. The other one could fall as far as 5. So we just need to win.”
eStem’s Mariah Adams, who has signed with Old Dominion, was not expected to play after being ejected for two technical fouls against CAC last week. As it was her second ejection, the Arkansas Activities Association’s ejection rules indicate she would miss two games, which would have been against Episcopal Collegiate Friday and Lonoke on Tuesday.
“Without that forfeit, we’d have had to beat them by eight, but with it, we just have to beat them,” Swiney said.
The district tournament will begin Monday with the 8-9 matchup, the survivor of which will move on to face CAC on Tuesday. The second seed will play No. 7 on Tuesday. Wednesday’s schedule will include No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5. Semifinals will be Thursday with the championship and third-place games Saturday.
The top four teams will move on to the Class 4A East Regional at Lonoke in two weeks.
Swiney said he thought his team was peaking.
“If we play like we did against CAC (in a 59-51 loss two weeks ago),” he said. “We played really well against them.”
He said Mickenzie Williams, who suffered a concussion and whiplash in a scrum at CAC, would return this week.
Last week, the Lady Jackrabbits went 2-0 by a combined 102-31.
They hammered Episcopal Collegiate on Tuesday, 49-9; and celebrated Senior Night against Mayflower on Friday, 53-22.
Against Mayflower, Lonoke raced out to a 25-2 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Rabbits led at halftime, 31-8; and after three quarters, 42-13.
“We did what we were supposed to do and won like we were supposed to win,” Swiney said. “We were trying to make sure we get through those two games healthy, and we did.”