Greyhound Hoops Update
Both Marmaduke basketball teams were in action in the past week, with mixed results.
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds suffered two tough defeats over the past week. The first came against England, last year's rival for the state championship, 78-49, and then 79-67 against East Poinsett County.
The Hounds traveled to East Poinsett County on Monday, Nov. 30. Despite an amazing game from Abby Meredith, who led Hound scoring with 29 points, the very capable foursome of Warriors Krystan Vornes, Jaleigha Garrett, Becca Bishop and Bailey Constant played a game full of consistent scoring throughout. All four posted double digits -- Vornes 25, Garrett 19, Bishop 12 and Constant 10.
The Hounds kept up throughout the game, but in the final quarter gave up the win. The Warriors led the first quarter 22-18, the Hounds came back in the second posting a 37-36 lead and maintained the one point lead through the third 42-41. In the fourth Vornes blew up, scoring 18 of the 28 points made, and definitely making the ballgame turn in the Warriors' favor.
"I think talent wise EPC and Earle are the best two teams in conference," coach Rick Smith said. "Also it's very hard for five-foot-five girls to guard the three six-footers on the team. However, we had so many turnovers, 18, we gave them too much opportunity."
Jordan Mays also hit double digits with 12 points, followed by Natalie Lentz 6, Brianna Hood 6, Tabitha Hyten 5, Kelsey McCoy 4, Desirae Elder 2, Shandan York 2 and Darra Johnson 1.
"Meredith played a monster game scoring half of the points made, but the rest of the team needed to show up," the coach said. "We allowed 28 layups and too many turnovers. The energy on our defense was not very good and this is the first time EPC has beaten us on their home court."
Marmaduke now stands 8-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24 the Hounds traveled to England, where they took on "arguably the state favorite this year," Smith said.
Leading quarters for the hosts were 22-8, 47-24 and 69-42. Four England players scored in the double digits --Tatayanna Penister 25, Julia Bryant 19, Alesha Penister 11 and Shavonta Blanks 10.
Leading scoring for the Hounds was Meredith with 12, followed by Mays 8, Hyten 7, McCoy 5, Lentz 5, Hood 4, York 4, Elder 2 and Scout Weatherford 2.
"England is no better than they were last year," Smith said. "We didn't take care of the ball. We gave them 30 turnovers, which gives them the potential to cost us 180 points if they are good from the field. We had as many turnovers in one game as we had in the previous eight."
The junior high ladies played two extraordinary games, first beating England, 49-16, and EPC, 44-31.
Against EPC two young Hounds stood out posting double digits -- Natalie Shelton 17 and Reesa Hampton 16. The Hounds managed to keep a large lead over the Warriors. Leading quarters for the Hounds were 9-0, 18-6 and 32-16.
Other scorers for the Hounds were Angel Johnson 6 and Johnna Rae Baine 5.
"We gave them their first loss of the season and they are a good team," Smith said. "It was a good conference win. Hampton shot well from the free throw line and Johnson stepped into a starter position well, while Anna Meredith is out for a few games for disciplinary reasons."
Against England the girls took a huge lead in the first and maintained their energy all the way through. Leading quarters for the Hounds were 17-2, 29-8 and 38-14. Two Hounds posted double digits -- Shelton 15 and Hampton 12. Other scorers were Karlie Gilliam 6, Johnson 6, Baine 4, Emma Foster 2, Alyssa Henry 2 and Jenna Baggs 2.
The ladies will play Marked Tree on the Hounds' home court Monday, Dec. 7.
The Marmaduke Greyhounds played Westside and Viola over the weekend at Walnut Ridge in the Williams Baptist College high school invitational.
The Hounds lost to Westside, 57-52, Monday night taking them out of tournament play.
Quarter leads for Westside were 15-8, 25-23 and 38-28.
Leading scoring for the Hounds were Tyler Vowell with 19 and Corey Burks with 10. Other scorers were Andrew Church 8, Derek Agee 8, Lucas Dixon 4 and Bryson Horton 3.
"We were making offensive and defensive errors and you can't do that and win against tough teams," coach Justin Ward said.
The Hounds ran off and left Viola at the end of their first tournament game on Saturday, Nov. 28, winning 43-27.
Viola took the first quarter 12-6 and the second 16-15, but not the third as Greyhound momentum began to build. The Hounds moved ahead 26-21 in the third and outscored the competition by 11 points in the fourth to take the win. Dixon 14, Agee 13 and Vowell 11 led the Hounds in scoring. Other scorers were Horton 4 and Burks 1.
"We played sluggish in the first half, only hitting four shots, but in the second we opened up and blew them out," Ward said.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Hounds hosted Cross County, who beat the Hounds 67-62.
Leading quarters for the guests were 14-11, 32-25 and 45-39. Vowell and Agee had big games scoring 25 and 19 points respectively. Other scorers were Church 6, Dixon 4, Burks 3, Luke Richey 3 and Horton 2.
"Their team was massive in size, but we found a way to work around it," Ward said. "We really should have won this game; we just have a few people who need to step up."
The Junior Hounds also played Cross County and lost, 39-33.
The first quarter was tied 8-8, but Cross County quickly shot ahead in the second, 17-11, and 33-19 in the third. It appeared the Hounds would make a comeback in the third, outscoring Cross County by eight points, but it wasn't enough to catch up.
Leading scorer for the young Hounds was Austin McCoy with 10. Other scorers were Bradley Horton 9, Blake Boyd 5, Easton Bradshaw 3, Blake Brown 2, Garrett Hensley and Andy Agee 2.
"We went down to the wire," Ward said. "We got down but fought back. It just came down to the small things we need to work on."