'Hounds fall to regional champ Earle in tourney
The Marmaduke Greyhounds faced a strong, motivated team as they met the 3AA-South champion Earle Bulldogs on their home court in the opening round of the regional tournament last Wednesday. Earle moved on with a 74-38 win.
The Bulldogs got out to a 10-0 lead in the early going, but Marmaduke battled back, trailing 17-9 at the end of the first period. That grew to a 39-23 Earle lead at halftime. It was 62-31 going into the fourth.
"Defensively, Earle played with a lot more intensity than they did when we played them earlier in the year," Marmaduke head coach Steve Richey said. "They were so quick, they took us out of everything we tried on both sides of the ball."
Nathan Haynes and Trent Smith finished with seven points each to lead Marmaduke. Other Hounds scorers were Neal Thrash 6, Ben Jordan 5, Justin Ward 4, Kyle Huckabay 4, Mike Dobbins 3 and Chris Foresythe 2.
Steven Merideth led Earle with 13 points.
Earle continued to roll through the regional tournament, beating Maynard 81-52 and BIC 66-38 to claim the regional title.
The loss concluded the Greyhound season.
Marmaduke finished the year with a 19-18 overall record.
"We had some accomplishments this year," Richey said. "We went to the regional tournament after not making an appearance for a couple of years.
"I kind of hated hated it for the kids that they had an accomplishment of making it to the regional tournament and then had to play Earle on their homecourt."