Greyhounds Fall to EPC, Lady 'Hounds Pound Indians

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds pulverized Marked Tree, 69-33, on their home court, making the team 10-3 for the season and 4-1 in conference play.

The Hounds' Abby Meredith has began scoring consistently in double digits over the past week with 27 points in the Marked Tree game, hitting nine out of 11 free throws. "She has come to the forefront in scoring for the team," coach Rick Smith said. "This was a good win for the team."

The Hounds came out of the gate hot, scoring with the leading quarters of 23-10, 43-18 and 59-31. Other scorers for the Hounds were Natalie Lentz 10, Jordan Mays 9, Shandan York 6, Desirae Elder 5, Tabitha Hyten 5, Darra Johnson 3, Brianna Hood 2 and Kelsey McCoy 2.

"We had 12 turnovers as a team with 10 of them coming from two of our senior players, Mays and McCoy both contributed to the 10," Smith said. "We can't do that, we need more out of our seniors."

The ladies were taken out of the Williams Baptist College High School Invitational in Walnut Ridge on Thursday, Dec. 3, by Bay, 65-63.

"We lost by the exact same shot in the same place as last time," Smith said. This game, as the last, against Bay went into overtime.

The Hounds had the lead in the fourth quarter, 62-61, with 31 seconds left on the clock. The Hounds had the ball, inbounded it and turned it over. They got a second chance to score by getting the ball back and turned it over again. It was a tight game all the way through with Bay barely holding onto the lead. Leading quarters for Bay were 15-13, 28-23 and 45-40. Scoring for the Hounds were Meredith 19, Mays 12, McCoy 11, Elder 8, Hood 5, Hyten 3, Lentz 2 and York 2.

"Bay's a souped up junior high team with three good freshmen," Smith said. "We had way too many turnovers." Turnovers seem to be the worst part of Hounds' play this season.

Second-seeded Bay went on to win the invitational, beating top seeded Pocahontas 69-62.

Marmaduke beat Corning, 81-72, in WBC's tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Despite an impressive sophomore Katie Manatt posting 30 points for Corning, the Hounds held onto the lead and outscored the Bobcats. "Neither of us played well defensively," Smith said. "We just tried to outscore each other."

The Hounds and Bobcats tied in the first 18-18, but the Hounds pulled ahead and stayed ahead leading the second and third 37-36 and 57-52.

Leading scoring was Jordan Mays 25 and Abby Meredith 22. Others scoring for the Hounds were Hood 11, York 8, Lentz 8, McCoy 5, Hyten 4 and Johnson 1.

"We did well on turnovers with very few, and made 30 out of 36 free throws, which was the key to us winning the game," Smith said. "York stepped into a starting role this game and did well with 8 points and 10 rebounds."

The ladies will be facing stiff competition this weekend when they travel to Paragould to compete in the Paragould Shoot Out, which is filled with 5A teams. 2A Marmaduke will face off with 5A Paragould on Thursday.

The junior high played Marked Tree at Marmaduke Monday as well, winning 56-21 over the Indians, making the team 11-3 in regular season and 5-0 in conference play.

"Natalie Shelton and Reesa Hampton played extraordinary games," said Smith. "Shelton played a very limited time and had 20 points in the first half."

Shelton led in scoring with 24 points, outscoring Marked Tree as a team. She also had five assists and five steals. Hampton scored nine points, hitting three field goals. She also had five steals and five assists.

Leading quarters for the Hounds were 22-4, 34-12 and 46-17. Other scorers for Marmaduke were Karlie Gilliam 6, Angel Johnson 4, Maggie Mays 3, Emma Foster 3, Anna Meredith 2 and Alyssa Henry 2.

The junior high ladies will host Trumann Monday, Dec. 14.

The Marmaduke Greyhounds traveled to Lepanto on Tuesday, Dec. 1, losing a conference contest, 68-54, to the East Poinsett County Warriors.

Leading quarters for the hosts were 11-7, 29-27 and 39-30. Derek Agee, Bryson Horton and Tyler Vowell led Marmaduke in scoring with 15, 12 and 12 respectively. EPC had three in double digits with Xzavier Reed 19, Travis Joplin 10 and Keyon Dorsey 10. Other scorers for the Hounds were Lucas Dixon 7, Andrew Church 5, Corey Burks 3 and Luke Richey 1.

"We should've won; we lost by 14 and missed 14 free throws,"coach Justin Ward said. "EPC is a really good, athletic team. We were in it, but we just made too many mistakes."

The junior high Hounds fell to EPC, 48-15.

"They were just much better than us at this point," Ward said. EPC had three players hit double digits while Marmaduke had none. Leading quarters for EPC were 14-4, 32-10 and 46-14. Scoring for the Hounds were Austin McCoy 8, Blake Boyd 3, Easton Bradshaw 3 and Bradley Horton 1.

The Hounds played at home against Marked Tree last night.

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