Lady Hounds exit tourney with loss to Union

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

NEWARK -- Unprecedented poor shooting by the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds brought the curtain down on both their season and their dream of a state championship last Thursday night in a second round class AA State Tournament game at Newark.

The Lady Hounds connected on only 13 of 63 shots (21%) as they fell 48-35 to the Union Lady Cyclones.

Lady Hound Coach Matt Dean said, "That was the worst we've shot... ever. When your shots don't fall against good competition, you can't win."

Despite their shooting woes, for a while in the fourth quarter it looked like the Lady Hounds' defense might bail them out.

Leading 26-21 at the start of the fourth quarter, Union increased their lead to 31-25 when Brittany Nation hit one of two free throws at 5:39.

Then the Lady Hounds struck! A Keena Graham pass resulted in a 3-pointer by Beth Grigsby, making the score 31-28. Then successive steals and lay-ups by first Brooke Grigsby and then Heather Johnson would give the Lady Hounds a 32-31 lead at 4:33.

Johnson's basket was loudly hailed by the large contingent of Marmaduke fans present at the game, as a hopeful sign that the Lady Hounds' fortieth victory of the year was about to materialize.

It was not to be. Haley Belin's inside basket at 4:25 put the Lady Cyclones back into the lead for good as they ended the game with a 17-3 run.

The Lady Hound defense was also manifest in the first half. The Lady Hounds trailed 8-7 after one quarter but a couple of late second quarter lay-ups off of steals by Heather Johnson enabled the Lady Hounds to lead 15-12 at halftime.

Though they didn't press much early on, for the game the Lady Hound defense caused 21 turnovers, offsetting to a degree their poor shooting night.

Coach Dean said, "We would have liked to press a lot more, but we couldn't because of foul trouble until the fourth quarter."

After winning forth games or more the past two seasons, the Lady Hounds ended this season with a 39-3 record. Union's record was 33-4 after the game.

Beth Grigsby led the Lady Hounds in scoring with 18 points. Johnson scored 13 points and Lauren Wright and Brooke Grigsby added 2 points apiece. That standout Lady Hound Brooke Grigsby would only score 2 points was astonishing. In four preceding regional and state tournament games she had averaged 20 points a game.

Belin and Mary Beth Gilmore each scored 13 points for Union.

Wednesday afternoon in an opening round state tournament game the Lady Hounds defeated the Lady Tigers of Charleston 55-49.

Six first quarter points by both Beth Grigsby and Johnson helped the Lady Hounds to lead 14-5 after one frame. Their lead was 26-18 at halftime and 34-29 at the end of three quarters. In the final frame a strong performance by Brooke Grigsby aided in holding the Lady Tigers at bay. Grigsby scored 11 points in the quarter including making seven-of-eight free throws from the foul line. Brooke and Beth Grigsby each scored 19 points apiece in this game.

Beth Grigsby led in rebounds with 10. Johnson scored 11 points and Keena Graham and Teri Graham each scored 3 points.

Charleston, who came into the game with only a 9-18 record, was led in scoring by Tammy Binz with 22 points.

Coach Dean said, "We didn't have great intensity on defense but we found a way to win and that's been the story with this bunch."

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