Lady 'Hounds Roll, Boys Collared by Warriors
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds bounced back from a sluggish start Monday night to beat BIC 63-46.
In the first quarter three Marmaduke starters, Abby Meredith, Desirae Elder and Jordan Mays, were benched in foul trouble, allowing BIC to take the lead 18-12. And, BIC's Heather Sipes scored 20 points in the first half, which also gave the 'Hounds a run for their money.
As the second quarter wound down, Tabitha Hyten hit three big field goals for Marmaduke to tie the game at 31-31 at halftime.
The Lady Mustangs were also hot from the free throw line during the first half, as BIC was 9 for 9 while Marmaduke only hit 4 of 11. "They were ready to play and we weren't," Coach Rick Smith surmised.
But, Hood locked down on Sipes in the third and she only made one more point the entire game. The Hounds stretched the lead to 50-40 at the end of third on their way to the final.
Leading scoring for Marmaduke was Meredith 19. Other scorers were Brianna Hood 14, Kelsey McCoy 11, Hyten 9, Mays 6 and Elder 4.
The ladies stand 22-7 for the season and 10-1 in conference, as they hold down second place.
Meanwhile, the junior Lady Hounds whipped BIC 42-29 with Natalie Shelton leading the team with 14 points, four steals and four assists. "We were sluggish after the layoff, but took the lead at the half," Smith said of the performance.
Leading scorer for the Hounds was Natalie Shelton posting 14. Other scorers were Ressa Hampton 7, Angel Johnson 5, Johnna Rae Baine 4, Karlie Gilliam 4, Jenna Boggs 4, Anna Meredith 3 and Alyssa Henry 1. With the win the junior girls now stand at 16-5 overall and 9-2 in conference.
Both teams were scheduled to visit Marked Tree Tuesday evening, in the games which were postponed from Thursday, Jan. 21, due to the weather. They're slated to travel to Bay on Thursday evening.
Boys vs EPC
The Marmaduke Greyhounds suffered a bitter defeat Tuesday, Jan. 19, as they were pounded by EPC 77-52 on the Hounds home floor. Quarter leads for the guest were 13-10, 41-20 and 58-31.
Leading scoring for the Hounds was Tyler Vowell with 19. Other scorers were Derek Agee 12, Corey Burks 7, Lucas Dixon 6, Andrew Church 5 and Luke Richey 3.
"EPC is probably one of the best teams in the state, they shot the ball really well and are very athletic," Coach Justin Ward said. "We, however, didn't play great--we had 14 turnovers, which allowed them a lot more scoring opportunity."
The junior boys weren't pummeled as badly by the Warriors but were beaten 52-40.
Quarter leads for EPC in the early game were 11-7, 28-19 and 48-27. One junior Warrior stood out for the hosts, as T.J. Bush scored 25 points although he sat out the entire fourth quarter.
Leading scorer for the 'Hounds was Billy Elder posting 11. Other scorers were Blake Brown 8, Austin McCoy 6, Jakob Tritch 6, Easton Bradshaw 5, Zach Lee 2 and Blake Boyd 2.
The Hounds played BIC at home last night and Ward said," hopefully we'll see signs of how much better we've gotten. BIC is well coached and they play hard."
The Mustangs beat the Greyhounds 72-37 in December.
Last Friday's conference game at Marked Tree, which was postponed due to the weather, has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 1. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Greyhounds will visit Rector for a conference set, as the Cougars will be marking basketball homecoming due to last week's bad weather.