Marmaduke Girls Wrap Up Successful Season
A tough 75-47 loss to Spring Hill in the semifinals of the Class 2A State Tournament March 11 in Hampton doesn't diminish what was an outstanding season for the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds. Coach Rick Smith's Lady 'Hounds finished an outstanding 2013-2014 season with an incredible 38-5 record en route to claiming the 2A-3 conference championship, the 2A-3 District Tournament championship and the 2A North Regional Tournament.
"I feel like we had a very successful season," Smith said of his team. "Unfortunately, we ran into Spring Hill in the semifinals. They're a very good team, and they went on to win the state championship. There's no shame in falling to a team like that."
Marmaduke suffered a devastating loss early, as senior post player Cally Price went down with an injury, unable to return. The loss favored Spring Hill, which was able to dominate inside. The Lady Bears also benefitted from MHS foul troubles, as the Lady Greyhounds had four starters foul out in what many consider controversial fashion.
Spring Hill got out to a 10-5 advantage in the first frame. Rachel Medina netted 15 points for the Lady Bears in the second frame, pushing Spring Hill's advantage to 17, 36-19, at intermission. MHS trailed 51-36 heading into the fourth.
Marmaduke fought throughout, closing within nine points in the final frame. Standout guard Sidnee Bopp, despite being the focal point of Spring Hill's defensive pressure, found a way to hit big shots for her team, netting 18 points on the day. Also scoring for the Lady 'Hounds were Shelby Blackburn 7, Madison Price 7, Allison Hampton 6, Cally Burgess 4, Alex Richey 4 and Whitney Bishop 1.
Spring Hill was paced by 25 from Medina and Jamie Nance's 21.
Spring Hill went on to defeat Mountainburg in the Class 2A championship in Hot Springs Saturday.
The Lady Greyhounds are already back in the gym, preparing for next season. Their hard work is clearly paying off, as evidenced by this year's final four run and last season's state runner-up effort.
The Lady Greyhounds would like to thank all their fans for their wonderful support. Tournament officials at Hampton and regional host site Pangburn noted Marmaduke brought a large crowd of fans to each of their postseason contests.