'Hound Boys and Girls in Action
Both the Marmaduke basketball teams are well into their season, and both have enjoyed success.
The Tuckerman Bulldogs and Armorel Tigers proved to be no match for the senior high Marmaduke Greyhounds this past week, led by senior Tyler Vowell and breakout sophomore Derek Agee.
In Monday night's game at Marmaduke against Tuckerman the Greyhounds got off to a slow start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter while Tuckerman came out of the gate locked and loaded scoring heavy in the first two quarters to lead 30-22 at halftime.
Agee set up the recovery, hitting three consecutive three's. Vowell stepped up to fill the gap with 14 points in the fourth as the Hounds won 63-54.
"On top of that two or three assists were made by Agee in the same quarter, which killed Tuckerman's momentum and helped our boys get back on top," Greyhound coach Justin Ward said. "This was Agee's breakout game and arguably his best game so far."
Leading scorers were Vowell with 26 points, Agee, who scored 11, and Junior Luke Richey held strong throughout the game with four three-pointers, one in each quarter for a total of 12 points. As a whole, team free throws are still hit and miss with five of eight made. Fouls continue to be a soft spot for the team with six in the first half and nine in the second. However, the team's defense is looking better with six assists, two rebounds and four deflections from Agee, seven steals and seven rebounds from Vowell and 10 deflections from senior Lucas Dixon.
"We played an all-around good game," Ward said. "Richey hit some three's that broke them down, Tyler stayed strong and led the team and Agee played his best game ever."
The boys traveled to Armorel Tuesday, Nov. 3, and Vowell once again took lead as the Greyhounds won 63-55. This is the second time this year the senior high team has competed with Armorel. The first time didn't go as well, but the team was better prepared than they were the first game of the season.
"We started out slow, but once we got our pace up they couldn't keep up in the end," Ward said. In the first quarter Vowell and Dixon each shot a two-pointer and Vowell made three of four attempted free throws making a score of nine for the first quarter. In the second quarter the team began to pick up the pace with Richey hitting a three, Vowell, Agee and Dixon hitting four points.
The third quarter was a fight for the lead with a score of 28-20 in favor of the Hounds. Vowell picked up a three-pointer and a deuce, Agee, sophomore Corey Burkes and Church all contributed two points, bringing the score to 40-40. Armorel 's intensity lagged in the fourth and the Hounds took control. Vowell picked up seven free throws and Church hit three of four attempted. Along with three two-pointers from Vowell and a three from Richey the game ended 63-55.
"We kept our intensity high and Tyler was a good leader throughout," Ward said. Free throws have become a strong point for the Greyhounds, hitting 20 out of 27 attempted. The defensive side of the team is becoming more of a unit with each key player beginning to show strong rebounding and stealing skills. Vowell stole the ball twice and rebounded five times, Church executed one steal and three rebounds, Richey took three steals and Dixon stole the ball once and rebounded twice. Fouls were even in the second game as well with six in each half.
In Monday night's game Marmaduke took on the Bulldogs on the Greyhounds' home court and the young crew mostly made up of seventh graders fell to the Dogs 60-22.
"It wasn't the best we've played, but it exposed the seventh graders to a hard game," Ward said. Freshmen Billy Elder, who has been having high scores in the 20's made a total of 15 points, freshman Blake Boyd and eighth grader Austin McCoy both contributed two-pointers and seventh grader Clay Farmer hit a three. No Hounds made any points in the fourth. Elder hit three of four free throws attempted, deflected the ball six times and stole it twice. Boyd and McCoy both stole the ball once and rebounded three times.
The junior high boys also traveled to Armorel where they beat the Tigers 46-33 with Elder leading the way for the Hounds.
"Nobody on Armorel could guard Billy," Ward said. "He's great at taking care of the ball, and did a great job defensively and on press."
In the first quarter Elder hit two two-point shots, two free throws and seventh grader Garrett Hensley hit a three, ending the first quarter with nine for the Hounds. Elder kept his momentum going throughout and added eight points in the second, McCoy added a three and a two-pointer, and eighth grader Blake Brown also contributed two, bringing the halftime score to 25-22 Hounds. In the third quarter Elder hit two two-point shots and two free throws, Boyd contributed two points and McCoy added a two and three-point shot bringing the score to 38-30 Hounds. In the fourth Elder added three more two-point shots and a free throw and Boyd hit a free throw making the final score of 46. Defensively Elder stole the ball nine times, deflected it three times and rebounded once, Boyd stole the ball twice and rebounded four times and McCoy stole the ball three times, deflected it once and rebound four times.
Both teams will traveled to Bay last night, where coach Ward expected a fight. "They are a really good team and we are going to have to play well and get some key stops."
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds are once again shining bright early in the season, defeating Armorel, 79-30, Monday night along with a big win at the buzzer against Bay, 63-61, in home action last week.
Despite losing nine seniors from last year's championship team, this year's group of young female athletes is showing spectators they have what it takes to defend their 2A state championship.
Four players scored in double digits: junior Tabitha Hyten scored 19 points; senior Abby Meredith scored 16 points; junior Jordan Mays hit 19 and junior Darra Johnson hit 10 points.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and never let up," said Greyhound coach Rick Smith. "Offensively we're doing really good. We're taking good care of the ball with only four turnovers throughout the game. We just need to work on our defense."
During last week's game, Bay led the Greyhounds 61-60 with 4.9 seconds left on the clock and a shooter at the free throw line. The free throw bounced off the rim and Hyten was there to rebound, a quick pass set up Meredith to make a last second three-pointer as the buzzer blew.
"Bay is a really good team, so this was a big win for us," Smith said.
The Junior Greyhounds also blew away Armorel, 41-5, making them 3-1 for the season after a 52-29 loss to Bay last week.
Both teams will play Buffalo Island Central on the Mustangs' home court at 5 Thursday night.