The Dollarway Cardinals used a 20-6 run in the second quarter, along with three highlight reel dunks by Travon King and tenacious defense, to hold off the Lonoke Jackrabbits in a hard-fought 50-45 win at the Dollarway Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
“The defense was exactly what we wanted,” Dollarway head coach Ellis “Chief” Berry said. “We tightened out a little bit and stiffened our defense.”
Dollarway (3-1) and Lonoke battled back and forth in a physical game, which showed tons of athleticism and quickness. It was evident that both teams were familiar with each other’s style of play as both teams remained deadlocked at 14-14 at the end of the first quarter.
However, in the second quarter, Dollarway used its athleticism and defense to separate itself thanks to a 20-6 run in which six different Cardinals scored to grab a 34-20 lead at halftime.
“That (run) helped us get a lead to put us ahead and get us some breathing room,” Berry said.
The Cardinals opened the second half with an ally-oop dunk by King who was assisted by Kabion Ento. A quick 5-0 run by the Jackrabbits prompted Berry to call a timeout and settle his team down. The Cardinals responded by outscoring the Jackrabbits 6-5 to end the third quarter while claiming a 42-30 lead.
Lonoke tried to claw its way back by converting their opportunities from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and outscoring the Cardinals at the line 15-8. The Jackrabbits converted 10 of 18 free throw attempts in the second half while Dollarway attempted just seven free throws the entire night, converting two of them.
“They weren’t fouling,” Berry said of his team’s free throw attempts. “(Lonoke) was playing good, sound and fundamental defense and they weren’t doing a whole lot of fouling.”
Berry said he was proud of the win on Saturday night but he knows there are some improvements to be made as the Jackrabbits scored the final seven points of the game.
“It’s a team effort,” Berry said. “We have said before that it doesn’t matter who is scoring, we just want to get the win. We have to share the ball.
“We have to continue to improve on defense. They were killing us down low. We weren’t rotating the right way to stop that. We’re going to go back and make the corrections on the defensive end.”
Dollarway was led offensively by King who finished the night with 12 points, five rebounds and added one steal. Joshua Liddell finished with eight points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block.
Lonoke was led by Blake Mack who led all scorers with 19 points while adding six rebounds, two steals and a block.
Lady Jackrabbits 64, Lady Cardinals 44
Lonoke outscored Dollarway 37-24 in the second half in cruising to a 20-point win at Dollarway Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The first half was a tightly contested game as the Lady Jackrabbits held a slim 27-20 lead at the break as the Lady Cardinals put up a great effort against a stronger Lonoke team.
In the second half, the Lady Jackrabbits used its size to dominate the smaller Lady Cardinals lineup.
Dollarway’s Jayana Sanders lead all scorers with 20 points. She also added two rebounds, three assists and two steals.