Senior Lady Hounds leave legacy

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Thursday night when the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds season came to an end as a result of their 48-35 defeat at the hands of Union in the state tournament at Newark, the high school basketball career of three seniors, Brooke Grigsby, Beth Grigsby and Keena Graham also ended.

Coach Matt Dean talked about these three girls, what they have accomplished, both this year and in other years.

When asked about their three-year mind-boggling record of 121-10 he said, "They went 39-3 this year, 42-3 as juniors and 40-4 as sophomores. In that time span we won three regional tournaments, three district tournaments and were regular season conference champions three times. We also won two Kell Tournaments, two NEA Tournaments and three WBC Tournaments.

"They were also pretty good players in junior high. As freshmen they went 24-0, winning both conference championship and the district tournament. As eighth graders they were 23-7, winning the conference championship and coming in second at the district tournament."

Asked to comment on each of these girls individually, Coach Dean replied, "Keena Graham has been a real good player. She had did a fine job defensively for us. She had the ability to step up and hit some big shots when they packed it in on Beth and Brooke. She was always a good role player who did what it took to help the team."

Regarding Beth Grigsby he said, "She has been our leading rebounder the last couple of years. She has won numerous individual awards including making the All-State team. She is a very versatile player who can play anywhere on the floor. Her athletic ability has been one of the reasons we have been so successful the last three years."

Concerning Brooke Grigsby he said, "She has been very versatile also. Another All-State player. She has been a great offensive player, but she has also been the best defensive player I have ever coached. One night she might guard a fast guard, the next night she might guard the other team's post player.

"She has made big plays for us time and time again in the last few minutes of big ballgames. We liked to have the ball in her hand in the last two minutes."

He further stated, "I have enjoyed having these three girls for the duration of their high school careers. It's kind of sad it ended this way, but they are leaving behind an unforgettable legacy that will inspire other players to give their best for many years to come."

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