Greyhounds Boys and Girls in Action
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds ran away with the competition both Monday night on their home court, winning 64-37 against East Poinsett County, and Thursday, Jan. 14, against Cross County, 84-43, on the T-Birds' court.
Monday night's battle against EPC was a big game for the Hounds as EPC had already beat them on EPC's home court this year. "We get beat every once in awhile, but when you play us after beating us you need to be ready," said coach Rick Smith.
Leading quarters for the Hounds were 19-8, 37-16 and 54-27. Leading scoring for the Hounds was Kelsey McCoy with 18. Other scorers were Abby Meredith 14, Brianna Hood 11, Tabitha Hyten 8, Jordan Mays 6, Desirae Elder 6 and Darra Johnson 1.
Six-foot-two Krysten Vornes was the player to be reckoned with on the EPC team and "five-foot-four McCoy did an excellent job of guarding her and managed to outscore her as well," Smith said. Vornes posted 17.
The Lady Hounds stand 21-7 overall and 9-1 in conference.
"Cross County put up a good fight through the first quarter, but we came out more aggressive in the third," Smith said of last week's battle with the T-Birds.
Leading quarters for the Hounds were 19-12, 39-23 and 76-31. Leading scoring for Marmaduke was Meredith with 25. Other scorers were Hood 13, Elder 13, McCoy 9, Hyten 7, Johnson 5, Natalie Lentz 4, Shandan York 4, Mays 2 and Rachel Martin 2.
"Mays really took care of the ball with one turnover and nine assists," Smith said.
The junior high ladies also won on both nights, 51-17 against EPC and 57-4 against Cross County, making them 14-5 for the season and 8-2 in conference.
Leading quarters for the Hounds against EPC were 10-6, 28-11 and 49-13. "The girls did great, it was a big game for Natalie Shelton, but they all did well," Smith said. Shelton led in scoring with 24. Other scoring was Ressa Hampton 7, JohnnaRae Baine 6, Karlie Gilliam 5, Anna Meredith 5 and Emma Foster 4.
The ladies played Cross County last week, bombing the competition 57-4.
Leading quarters for Marmaduke were 18-0, 39-4 and 51-4. Leading scoring for the Hounds was Baine with 16. Other scorers were Shelton 10, Foster 8, Hampton 7, Johnson 6, Jenna Boggs 3, Maggie Mays 3, Gilliam 2 and Meredith 2.
"We had a lot of even scoring," Smith said. "Baine had a really good line with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists; as a team we were under five turnovers, which is great." The young ladies now stand second in conference.
The Lady Hounds will travel to Marked Tree Thursday, where Smith expects to win, "but sometimes Marked Tree can be a hard place to play; that's why we play the game."
Boys On a Roll
The Marmaduke Greyhounds are finally getting into their groove, with back to back wins last week, 53-51 at Cross County on Friday and 63-35 over visiting Crowley's Ridge Academy on Tuesday of last week.
Against Cross County the Hounds "blocked out and rebounded well, Jacob Caraway held the team together rebounding and moving the team defensively," said coach Justin Ward.
It was a close game, with Cross County leading 14-9, 25-19 and 40-38. In the fourth the Hounds narrowly took the win. Scoring was even for the Hounds with Derek Agee leading with 12. Other scoring was Tyler Vowell 11, Andrew Chruch 10, Bryson Horton 10 and Lucas Dixon 9.
Marmaduke dominated CRA the previous Tuesday. Leading quarters for the Hounds were 20-8, 36-16 and 56-25. Vowell led Hound scoring, posting 18. Other scorers were Horton 14, Agee 12, Dixon 5, Luke Richey 4, Jacob Caraway 3 and Jonathan Webb 1.
"We did a great job against CRA," Ward said. "We got a chance to work on our execution and follow through."
The junior boys pulverized CRA 40-14, but fell to Cross County 47-38.
Leading quarters for Cross County were 14-5, 31-11 and 42-22. Leading scoring for the Hounds was Billy Elder with 9. Other scorers were Austin McCoy 7, Bradley Horton 5, Blake Boyd 4, Blake Brown 4, Garrett Hensley 4, Andy Agee 3 and Zach Lee 2.
Tuesday night's battle with CRA began close with the Hounds leading 9-7, 14-11 and 27-11. After halftime the Hounds dominated. Elder led the team, posting 20. Other scoring was Easton Bradshaw 8, Horton 6, Boyd 4 and Tritch 2.
The Hounds hosted EPC last night and Ward said he hopes the Hounds can "dictate the flow of the game; we've gotten better."