Lady Cougars drop game at Marmaduke
Democrat Sports Staff
The Rector Lady Cougars started the New Year with a visit to Marmaduke Monday night, and despite taking an eight point lead into the fourth quarter, dropped a four point loss to the Lady Hounds.
Coming off the holiday break both teams looked a bit rusty in the early going of the contest. The game also proved to be a low scoring affair, as Marmaduke continually tried to manage the clock and keep the ball out of the hands of the potent Cougar offense.
The slowdown game by the Hounds, and some cold shooting by the Lady Cougars resulted in a 6-9 score in favor of the home squad at the end of the first quarter. In the second frame the two squads played fairly even, and the score stood at 16-18 in favor of Marmaduke at intermission.
During the halftime break Cougar coach Mark Manchester made some defensive adjustments, and the Rector squad increased the pressure on the Marmaduke ball handlers. The Cougars then went on to outscore the Hounds 15-5 in the third period. That gave the Rector girls a 31-23 lead going into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Hounds stepped up their own defensive pressure, as they outscored the Cougars 20-8 in the period. Marmaduke then took advantage of several big baskets, a couple of foul calls, and some timely free-throw shooting as they held on down the stretch for the 43-39 win.
Leading the way for the Cougars was Stephanie Dement with 11 points, Chelsea Drope finished with 7 while Rebecca Dodd and Jessie Scott had 6 points each in the loss. Michelle Greaney paced the Hounds attack with 17 points, while Mercedez Jones was also in double figures with 12.
As a team the Lady Cougars were a dismal 6 of 12 from the free-throw line, while the Hounds connected on 10 of their 17 free-throw attempts. That included a key 4 for 5 performance at the charity stripe by Greaney in the pivotal fourth quarter.