Lady 'Hounds Fall to Potent Spring Hill
Marmaduke had little trouble disposing of Conway St. Joseph in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A State Tournament Saturday afternoon at Hampton. The Lady Greyhounds, led by junior guard Sidnee Bopp, easily defeated the Lady Bulldogs 53-31 to advance to the state semifinals.
But, in Tuesday's semi the Lady 'Hounds fell to potent Spring Hill 75-49 to end the season. The complete recap of the contest may be found in the March 19 print and online editions of the CCTD.
Conway St. Joseph Win
Marmaduke raced to an 11-3 lead after the opening period of play. Shelby Blackburn's offensive stick-back at the 5:59 mark gave the Lady Greyhounds a 2-0 lead. Bopp followed with a bucket before Blackburn scored on the inside again. An Alex Richey triple put Marmaduke on top 9-1, and the Lady Greyhounds never looked back.
Blackburn and Madison Price began the second period with back to back three pointers to up the Lady 'Hound lead to 17-3. Bopp closed the first half with Marmaduke's third trey of the quarter to give the Lady Greyhounds a 26-13 advantage at intermission.
Blackburn began the second half by knocking down a pair of free throws, and when Cally Price completed a three point play, Marmaduke's lead grew to 31-15 at the 6:25 mark. St. Joseph made one of its few runs of the game midway through the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Greyhounds 9-2 over a three and half minute span to slice their deficit to 33-24 at the 3:14 mark. Madeline Moix keyed the Lady Bulldog surge with a pair of baskets, including a three point play, while Taylor Womack canned a trey. Marmaduke answered when Allison Hampton drained a long three pointer, sparking a 9-1 Lady Greyhound run. Richey completed the Marmaduke scoring spurt with a trey of her own to give the lady Greyhounds a commanding 45-25 lead heading into the final frame. Marmaduke coasted home in the fourth period to improve their record to 28-4 on the season.
Bopp scored a game high 21 points to lead the Lady Greyhounds. Blackburn had nine, Richey tallied eight, Madison Price contributed five, Cally Burgess netted four while Hampton and Cally Price chipped in three points apiece to round out the Lady Greyhound scoring attack. Marmaduke finished 8-12 from the foul line and nailed six treys on the day.
Moix led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points. Conway St. Joseph made 7-13 charity tosses and hit four three pointers.
"I thought our defense was really, really good," said Marmaduke Coach Rick Smith. "I also thought Shelby Blackburn had one of her better games. She had six blocked shots today. But overall I thought it was our ability to shut down their big scorers that proved to be the difference. We did an excellent job of limiting their second shots. We rebounded really well. We had 21 boards' which is excellent for a girls' team," said Smith.