Lady Greyhounds Come Up Short at NEA
The longball was unkind to the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds in the Girls Dvision I final of the NEA Tournament Monday night at the ASU Convocation Center. MHS made just two of 32 three-pointer, the last two attempts in the contest falling, in their meeting with Buffalo Island Central. BIC would emerge the victor, 61-50.
"We didn't shoot the ball well," MHS coach Rick Smith said. "Really, we didn't shoot well in any of our three games in the tournament, so we were lucky to make the finals."
Shooting woes didn't stop the Lady 'Hounds from working their offense as planned, though.
"We're not only playing for tonight," Smith said. "We're playing for bigger and better things. We're taking this in stride and will come back after the holidays ready to roll."
Marmaduke has faced BIC three times this season, with Monday night's game the only loss for MHS in the series thus far.
"Our hats are off to them (BIC)," Smith said. "They played well and they deserved to win tonight. The season's not over by any means and we know we'll see them again."
After finishing the first quarter knotted up at 10-10, BIC was able to pull ahead in the second frame. The Lady Mustangs took advantage of free throws in the frame, sinking all eight of their attempts en route to building a 32-18 halftime advantage. Marmaduke made all four of their attempts in the period, but struggled shooting from every other area of the floor.
BIC led 42-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
Cally Price hit MHS' first triple of the night, with 3:18 remaining in the contest, to cut the BIC lead to eight points, 55-47. The Lady Mustangs scored six unanswered points on four consecutive trips to the free throw line to pull ahead 61-47. Jessica Lee scored the final points of the contest, sinking a three-pointer for the Lady 'Hounds with 16 seconds left in the game.
Lee paced MHS with 19 points on the evening. Sidnee Bopp added 13 in the loss. Also scoring for Marmaduke were Whitley Boggs 8, Price 5, Jessica Boggs 2, Rachel Vangilder 2 and Alexus Jones 1.
Brittany Fowler led BIC with 22 points. Katelyn Sparkman added 13 in the victory.
Marmaduke was presented with the runner-up trophy for their Girls Division II finish. Four Lady 'Hounds, Alexus Jones, Sidnee Bopp, Cally Price and Whitley Boggs, were named to the All-NEA Team.
The Lady 'Hounds are now 21-2 overall.
The Lady Greyhounds advanced to the finals with a 50-49 overtime victory over the Manila Lady Lions Dec. 29.
Price and Bopp each sank three of four free throws in the final minute of overtime, allowing Marmaduke to hold off the Lady Lions. The clutch free throws were a fitting touch for the Lady 'Hounds, who had opportunities to secure the win in regulation, but struggled from the stripe ion the day, connecting on 14 of 26 freebies.
Shooting woes followed Marmaduke much of the contest. MHS made just three shots in the opening frame, with Manila jumping out to a 13-6 lead. Marmaduke went inside in the second quarter, bouncing back to claim a 23-21 lead at intermission. The Lady 'Hounds led 36-30 through three quarters and the teams were knotted up at 42-42 at the end of regulation.
Price paced the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points in the win. Lee and Whitley Boggs notched 13 and 12, respectively, on the day. Bopp netted six and Jones had four to round out the scoring for Marmaduke.
Emily Cook had 15 points for Manila in the win.
Marmaduke, the top seed in Division II, advanced to the semifinals with a 50-44 win over Riverside Dec. 22.
Bopp led MHS with 16 points in the win. Whitley Boggs notched 14 for the Lady 'Hounds. Jones finished with 10 points. Also scoring for Marmaduke were Price 7, Vangilder 1 and Lee 1.
Kenzley Wilson and Lauren Weaver had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Riverside.