Greyhound Boys and Girls in Action

Thursday, December 17, 2015

After a weekend of playing 5A teams in the Paragould Shootout, Marmaduke returned to their home court Monday night to demolish Trumann, 79-28.

Leading quarters for the Hounds were 18-8, 48-16 and 71-26. Leading the Marmaduke charge was Tabitha Hyten, posting 26 points. Other scorers for the Hounds were Brianna Hood 11, Abby Meredith 11, Jordan Mays 10, Kelsey McCoy 9, Shandan York 6, Desirae Elder 4, Natalie Lentz 1 and Darra Johnson 1.

On top of great scoring, Hyten grabbed eight rebounds and McCoy had nine. Mays followed up with eight assists.

Coach Rick Smith was glad to see only four turnovers in the game. "If we can continue to limit our turnovers, we'll continue to progress," Smith said. "Playing those bigger and stronger teams on the weekend helped us."

Marmaduke prides itself on being able to run with the big dogs and, even though Trumann is 4A, the Lady Hounds have been dipping their toes in 5A play at the Paragould Shootout.

They closed out tournament play, losing to 5A Nettleton, 46-38, Saturday, Dec. 12. Leading quarters for Nettleton were 15-11, 27-19 and 39-29. Scoring for the Hounds were Hyten 12, Meredith 8, McCoy 8, Hood 6 and Mays 4.

"Nettleton is the closest thing to England we've played; they don't shoot as well but are more athletic," Smith said. "We had 18 turnovers in this game; if we could cut it down to eight, we would have had a good chance to win."

The ladies won on Friday, Dec. 11, against 5A Valley View 58-54. "It was awful good to beat a 5A school," Smith said. "Two six-footers were a little easier to handle than the four on Paragould's team."

Leading quarters for the Hounds were 13-11, 28-22 and 45-40. Leading scoring for the Hounds were Meredith 14 and Mays 12. Other scorers were Hyten 9, Hood 9, Lentz 7, York 3, McCoy 2 and Elder 2.

The first team Marmaduke went up against in the shootout Thursday, Dec. 10, was 5A Paragould. Paragould won over the Hounds, 60-44, with four six-foot players and a former Marmaduke player, Emily Clairday. "Their size really bothered us," Smith said. "We beat Valley View and Valley View ended up beating Paragould."

Leading quarters for Paragould were 14-10, 27-20 and 44-31. Abby Meredith led the Hounds in scoring with 20. Other scorers were Mays 12, Hood 10 and Scout Weatherford 2.

The ladies stand 12-5 for the season and 4-1 in conference.

The Junior Hounds played Trumann Monday as well, beating the Wildcats 54-32.

Leading quarters for the Hounds were 14-9, 25-15 and 36-22.

Natalie Shelton led the way with 18 points. Other scoring was Ressa Hampton 10, Anna Meredith 7, Johnna Rae Baine 7, Jenna Boggs 6, Alyssa Henry 4 and Emma Foster 2.

"We had a week off and came back well," Smith said. "We had a really good game with Hampton and Shelton leading the way. Meredith and Baine also played well with six rebounds and five steals apiece." The Junior Hounds stand 12-3 for the season and 5-0 in conference.

The Hounds will host Rector on Thursday and Smith said he's looking forward to the competition. "In my opinion I think it will be a really good battle. We are evenly matched scoring wise, so it should be interesting."

The Marmaduke Greyhounds fell twice in the past week, losing to Buffalo Island Central, 72-37, and 61-44 to Marked Tree.

The boys traveled to BIC Friday, Dec. 11, where the hosts led after each quarter, 23-11, 35-21 and 65-33. Scoring for the Hounds were Derek Agee 7, Chad Hall 7, Luke Richey 6, Lucas Dixon 6, Jonathon Webb 5, Tyler Vowell 4 and Bryson Horton 2.

As a team the Hounds had 12 fouls and 16 turnovers, which didn't match up to their 14 rebounds and 10 deflections. "We gave up 14 offensive rebounds and 16 turnovers," coach Justin Ward said. "You can't do that and win."

Marked Tree beat the Hounds 61-44 Tuesday, Dec 8, on Marmaduke's home floor. The Hounds started out well, leading after one quarter 14-12, but lagged in the second falling behind 34-23. Marked Tree took the third quarter 46-31.

Leading scorer for the Hounds was Agee, posting 16. Other scorers were Vowell 10, Horton 8, Church 6 and Dixon 4.

Once again 14 fouls and 18 turnovers weighed the Hounds' game down. "Twenty turnovers will get you beat," Ward said. "We are just going to have to work harder, practice more and learn how to take care of the ball."

The junior high boys faced similar defeats, losing 52-18 to BIC and 52-25 against Marked Tree.

Eleven fouls plagued Marmaduke against BIC. Leading quarters for BIC were 18-5, 36-9 and 44-16. Scoring for the Hounds were Austin McCoy 7, Blake Boyd 4, Jacob Tritch 3, Blake Brown 2 and Zach Lee 2.

Against Marked Tree 16 fouls and 14 turnovers soured Marmaduke play.

Three standout Indians also kept the Hounds down. High scoring for Marked Tree were Jack Brown 18, Tray Brown 15 and Adrian Johnson 10.

Scoring for Marmaduke were Elder 10, McCoy 5, Boyd 2, Horton 2 and Parker Lentz 2.

The Hounds hosted Bay last night and will face off with the Rector Cougars at home Friday night.

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