Lady Cougars, 'Hounds Fall in NEA
Both the Rector Lady Cougars and the Marmaduke boys lost their first round games in the NEA Tournament, being held at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
Rector (5-8) hit 11 three-pointers in the game but it wasn't enough as Buffalo Island Central (BIC) held on for a 48-44 win in Division I girls' action.
BIC (7-10) got on the board first as Heather Sipes canned a three-pointer from the left corner for a 3-0 Lady Mustang lead. Rector got one of two free throws from Colby Lynch to make ti 3-1 before Siped canned antoher three for BIC to make it 6-1 Blaire Wildy followed with a three-ball for BIC to stretch the lead to 9-1. Tori Hill, Lynch and Sophi Adams hit back to back to back three-pointers for Rector giving the Lady Cougars a 10-9 lead with 2.26 left in the opening quarter. Sipes went the length of the floor for a lay up giving BIC a 11-10 lead and was followed by Madison Nowlin hitting one of two free throws to make the score 12-10 BIC at the end of one.
Wildy opened the second quarter drilling a three-pointer from the left corner and Sipes followed with a three-ball from the right wing for the Lady Mustangs to make it 18-10 BIC. Matison Dean hit a three-ball for Rector and Nowlin answered with a three-pointer from BIC making the score 21-13 BIC. Hill connected on a three-pointer for Rector, Sipes hit a jumper for the Lady Mustangs and Dean was good on back to back three-pointers for the Lady Cougars making the score 23-22 BIC with 1:13 left in the half. Wildy got inside for a BIC basket before Dominique Coln hit one of two free throws for Rector making the score 25-23 Lady Mustangs at the half.
Hill's three-pointer from the left wing was good for Rector giving the Lady Cougars a 26-25 lead early in the third quarter. Wildy hit a jumper in the lane and Jona Carmichael stuck back an offensive rebound to make it 29-26 BIC. Lynch scored inside for Rector and Nowlin canned a three-pointer from the right wing for the Lady Mustangs making the score 32-28 BIC. Dean scored on the fast break after a steal by Hill before Hill netted a three-pointer to make it 33-32 Rector with 2:06 left in the quarter. Sipes hit a three-pointer for BIC and followed with a jumper in the lane making the score 37-33 at the end of three.
Hill opened the final quarter with a three-ball for Rector making the score 37-36 BIC. Carmichael hit back to back inside baskets for BIC to give the Lady Mustangs a 41-36 lead. Dean's three-pointer from the left wing made it 41-39 Lady Mustangs with 3:22 left in the game. Wildy and Sipes scored back to back buckets for BIC to make the score 45-39. Lynch converted an old-fanshioned three-point play for Rector cutting the lead to 45-42 with less than a minute left. Sipes hit two free throws for BIC before Lynch hit a jumper in the lane for Rector to make the score 47-44 BIC. Nowlin hit one of two free thors with eight seconds left setting the final score at 48-44 Lady Mustangs.
"We shot it pretty well, but so did they. I didn't expect that in this big atmosphere," Rector head coach Matt Dean said. "We didn't get the defensive stops we needed but overall we played better than we have been playing," Dean added.
Hill lead the Lady Cougars in scoring with 15 points followed by Dean with 14 points. Lynch finished with 11 points as Adams netted three-points and #3 chipped in one point.
"I thought we came out and shot the ball real well," BIC coach Justin Yates said after the game. "We didn't do a very good job of finding their two shooters but we did do enough to get the win," Yates added.
Sipes led all scorers on the night with 22 points for BIC. Wildy finished with 12 points, Nowlin scored eight points and Carmichael added six points.
MHS vs Sloan-Hendrix
Marmaduke (7-11) let a 10 point halftime slip away as Sloan-Hendrix (14-4) did just enough to win the battle of the Greyhounds with a a 56-54 win in the opening round of the Division I boys' NEA Invitational Tournament at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
Matt Wilkins got Sloan-Hendrix on the board first with a basket inside for 2-0 before Lucas Dixon tied the game for Marmaduke with a basket inside. Tyler Murphy gave Sloan-Hendrix a 4-2 lead with another inside basket only to see Andrew Church score on an offensive rebound stick back and follow with an old-school three-point play to make it 7-4 Marmaduke. Derek Agee was good on a three-pointer to extend the Marmakuke lead to 10-4 with 3:21 left in the first quarter. Logan McCain grabbed his offensive rebound and scored for Sloan-Hendrix to make the score 10-6 Marmaduke. Church scored on a lay up and Tyler Vowell followed with with back to back baskets, the second score coming off a steal by Corey Burks to give Marmaduke a 16-6 lead at the end of one.
Ben Meigs hit a jumper in the lane for Sloan-Hendrix to start the second quarter only to see Burks hit two free throws, Bryson Horton hit a jumper and Agee get a steal and lay up for Marmaduke making the score 22-8 Marmaduke. Wilkins converted an old-school three point play for Sloan-Hendrix and Agee stuck back an offensive rebound for Marmaduke to make the score 24-11 Marmaduke. Hunter Stallings canned a three-pointer for Sloan-Hendrix before Dixon hit one of two free throws for Marmaduke making it 25-14 Marmaduke with 3:30 left. only to see Wilkins hit two free throws and Nathan DeShazo hit one of two free throws for Sloan-Hendrix to make the score 25-17 Marmaduke. Agee hit two free throws for Marmaduke and Stallings scored inside for Sloan-Hendrix making it 27-19 Marmaduke. Church netted a base line jumper and then added two free throws for Marmaduke to stretch their lead to 31-19. Wilkins hit two free throws and followed with a jumper in the lane for Sloan-Hendrix to make the score 31-23. Sloan-Hendrix's coach was whistled for a technical foul and Church hit both free throws for Marmaduke giving them a 33-23 lead at the half.
Horton opened the scoring in the third quarter with a running jumper for Marmaduke to make the score 35-23 only to see Sloan-Hendrix score the next eight points as Colby Johnson drilled a three-pointer and then scored inside off a steal by Murphy before Murphy netted a three-pointer to make the score 35-31 Marmaduke. Church hit two free throws for Marmaduke before Sloan-Hendrix got a stick back basket from Wilkins before he converted back to back old-school three-point plays to give Sloan-Hendrix a 39-37 lead with 3:07 left in the quarter. Church hit a jumper for Marmaduke to tie the game at 39 as Meigs hit a three-ball and Murphy scored off the fast break for Sloan-Hendrix to make the score 44-39 Sloan-Hendrix. Meigs scored back to back inside baskets for Marmaduke making the score 44-43 Sloan-Hedrix at the end of three.
Vowell scored off he fast break and followed by hitting two free throws to give Marmaduke a 47-44 lead. Wilkins scored inside for Sloan-Hendrix before Vowell got another fast break basket and Dixon hit one of two free throws for Marmaduke making the score 50-46 Marmaduke. Sloan-Hendrix got a three-pointer from Johnson and Wilkins hit one of two free throws and followed that with a basket inside to make the score 52-50 Sloan-Hendrix with 2.24 left in the game. Burks hit one of two free throws for Marmaduke only to see Johnson hit three of four free throws on back to back trips to the free throw line for Sloan-Hendrix giving them a 55-51 lead. Johnson hit one of two free throws for Sloan-Hendrix and Burk's three-ball for Marmaduke at the buzzer setting the final at 56-54 Sloan-Hendrix.
"Tough game, I think they brought more intensity in the third quarter and we needed someone to step up for us," Marmaduke coach Justin Ward commented after the game. "I think we shot the three to much tonight and we called timeouts to tell them that but they kept shooting them and it's hard in a big gym like this," Ward said.
Church scored 17 points to lead Marmaduke as Vowell finished with 10 points. Agee netted nine points, Dixon chipped in eight points, Burks had six points and Horton scored four points.
"Sloppy, ugly, don't know if we could have played a worse first half," Sloan-Hendrix head coach Jeremy Cude said after the game. "We played a little better in the second half and did enough to win, We'll prepare for a big game with EPC in the next round," Ward said.
Wilkins led all scorers with 21 points for Sloan-Hendrix with Johnson adding 12 points. Stallings added eight points and Murphy netted seven points. Meigs chipped in five points, McCain scored two points and DeShazo scored one point.