Lady Hounds Win Regional, Set for State
Marmaduke was red hot from the tip-off jumping out to a 38-15 lead before cruising to their third straight 2A Region North title this past Saturday in Monette. The win gives the Lady Greyhounds the number one seed from this region in next weeks' state tournament in Pangburn.
Marmaduke opened the game with a 12-0 in the first three minutes of the game. Madison Price was good on a pair of baskets around a Shelby Blackburn three-pointer to make it 7-0 Lady Greyhounds. Cally Burgess got a jumper in the lane to fall and Blackburn added another three-ball to make it 12-0 Marmaduke. Hannah Poe got inside for a basket to get BIC on board making it 12-2 Lady Greyhounds. Blackburn canned back to back three-pointers to stretch the Marmaduke lead to 18-2. Bailey Owens' jumper made it 18-4 before Allison Hampton hit a baseline jumper and Sidnee Bopp drilled a three-pointer to make the score 23-4 Marmaduke. Poe drained a three-pointer making it 23-7 only to see Kelsey McCoy covert an old-school three-point play, Bopp get a steal and layup followed by a McCoy inside basket from the Lady Greyhounds making it 30-7. Poe hit two free throws for the Lady Mustangs making it 30-9 as Marmaduke got a three-pointer from Abby Meredith, an old-fashion three-point play from Price and an inside basket from McCoy to push the Lady Greyhounds lead to 38-9. Owens netted back to back three-pointers for BIC to make it 38-15 after one.
The second quarter was a back and forth scoring affair between the teams. Owens hit two free throws for BIC and Bopp connected on a three-ball for Marmaduke to make it 41-17. Poe canned a three-pointer for the Lady Mustangs and Burgess hit one of two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds to make the score 42-20. Madison Newlin hit one of two free throws for BIC and Price and McCoy hit back to back shots for Marmaduke before BIC got two free throws each from Blaire Wildy and Heather Sipes and back to back inside buckets from Wildy to make it 46-29 Lady Greyhounds. Bopp hit a three-pointer and jumper for Marmaduke around a jumper from BIC's Wildy to make it 51-31 Lady Greyhounds at the break.
Madison Greathouse and Owens each hit two free throws each to start the third quarter making it 51-35 Marmaduke. Meredith was good on one of two free throws and Bopp had a steal and layup to push the lead back to 54-35. Wildy's free throw and inside basket along with Owens' two free throws cut the lead to 54-40 with just over four minutes left in the third. Marmaduke answered with a free throw from Price and a three-pointer from McCoy to make the score 58-40 Lady Greyhounds. Owens hit two free throws and Sipes was good on one of two to make it 58-43. Meredith converted a three-point play making it 61-43. Sipes got inside to score for BIC, McCoy hit a jumper for Marmaduke and Poe was good on two free throws for the Lady Mustangs to make it 63-47 Lady Greyhounds at the end of three.
Sipes made it 63-49 with a score early in the fourth quarter only to see Marmaduke get a free throw from Jordan Mays and two free throws from Hampton making it 66-49 Lady Greyhounds. Poe hit a jumper for BIC followed by two free throws from Mays and an inside basket from Hampton to give Marmaduke a 70-51 lead. Sipes hit a jumper and Greathouse canned a three-ball around a free throw from McCoy making it 71-56. Mays scored inside before Meredith, Mays and McCoy each hit two free throws each to make the score 79-56 Lady Greyhounds. Sipes hit two free throws and hit a jumper in the lane along with a free throw from Molly Hart to make it 79-61 Marmaduke. Whitney Bishop scored the game's final points with a jumper for the Lady Greyhounds setting the final at 81-61 Marmaduke.
McCoy led Marmaduke with 17 points off the bench as Bopp (15), Blackburn (12) and Price (10) also reached double digits for the Lady Greyhounds.
"I thought we came out with tremendous intensity and shot the ball well," Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said of this team. "We lost a little of our intensity and fouled a little to much later in the game," Smith added.
Marmaduke got to the finals by beating Pangburn 83-38 and Marked Tree 83-25.
They were slated to play at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pangburn, but the bracket is currently on hold until the weather improves.