Junior District Tourney Update
Play wrapped-up last weekend in the various junior district tournaments, with mixed results for our regional teams.
The girls from Marmaduke (21-8) fought hard the entire game, cutting the lead to one with just over two minutes left only to see Earle (17-1) outscore the Junior Lady Greyhounds 8-4 down the stretch to post a 55-51 win in the championship game of the 2A-3 district tournament in Lepanto.
Natalie Shelton hit two free throws and Emma Foster scored on a stick back for Marmaduke giving them an early 4-0 lead only to see Earle get one of two free throws from Taklah Tomlis and back to back baskets from Scott and Tasja Hughey to make it 5-4 Junior Lady Bulldogs. Shelton hit two free throws for Marmaduke and Scott hit one of two free throws for Earle to make the score 6-6 before Anna Meredith hit one of two free throws for the Junior Lady Greyhounds and Colbi Maples scored inside for the Junior Lady Bulldogs making the score 8-7 Earle with 1:52 left in the quarter. Elijah Brown scored inside for Earle and Scott added a conventional three-point play as the Junior Lady Bulldogs took a 13-7 lead at the end of one.
Scott hit a floater for Earle to open the second quarter as Shelton hit four free throws on back to back trips to the foul line for the Junior Lady Greyhounds followed by two free throws form Reesa Hampton as Marmaduke cut the lead to 15-13 Earle. Kya Mattis hit one of two free throws for Earle, Foster scored inside for the Junior Lady Greyhounds and Scott netted a jumper for the Junior Lady Bulldogs making the score 18-15 Earle with 2:12 left. Shelton hit one of two free throws and followed with two more free throws for Marmaduke to make the score 18-18. Scott scored off an offensive rebound for Earle, Shelton hit a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke to make it 20-20 before Scott hit one of two free throws for the Junior Lady Bulldogs to make it 21-20 Earle at the half.
Kelsey Moore hit one of two free throws before scoring inside for Earle to make the score 24-20 early in the third quarter. Hampton hit a three-pointer for the Junior Lady Greyhounds only to see Earle get back to back three-pointers from Hughey and Scott to make the score 30-23 Earle with 3:22 left. Shelton hit two free throws, Foster hit a jumper in the lane and Shelton hit three free throws after being fouled attempting a three-pointer as Marmaduke tied the game at 30. Brown and Scott scored back to back buckets for the Junior Lady Bulldogs to make it 34-30 before Shelton hit three free throws again to make it 34-33 Earle before Brown hit one of two free throws and Scott added a jumper in the lane for the Junior Lady Bulldogs to make it 37-33 Earle at the end of three.
Hughey scored back to back baskets for Earle to open the fourth quarter as Hampton drilled a three-pointer for Marmaduke making the score 41-36 Junior Lady Bulldogs. Scott hit two free throws and then hit one of two free throws for Earle before Karlie Gilliam scored inside for the Junior Lady Greyhounds to make it 44-38 with 4:23 left in the game. Meredith found twine on a three-pointer from the left wing for Marmaduke, Scott canned a three-pointer for Earle and JohnnaRae Baine got a stick back for the Junior Lady Greyhounds making the score 47-43 Junior Lady Bulldogs. Shelton canned a three-ball for Marmaduke and Brown hit a jumper in the lane for Earle to make the score 49-46 Junior Lady Bulldogs. Shelton hit a jumper in the lane for the Junior Lady Greyhounds to make it 49-48 only to see Earle's Scott score inside and add two free throws to make it 53-48 Junior Lady Bulldogs. Hampton cut the lead to 53-51 with a three-pointer for the Junior Lady Greyhounds before Scott added two free throws for Earle with two seconds left to make the final score 55-51 Junior Lady Bulldogs.
"We hit 22 for 26 from the free throw line, and I thought this was a great junior high girl's game-one of the best I've seen in awhile," noted Lady 'Hound coach Rick Smith. "Going in we knew their only weakness was free throws; they ended up 13 for 26. We probably let them have some layups we shouldn't have."
Shelton led Marmaduke with 23 points as Hampton tossed in 11 points. Meredith and Foster had seven and six points respectively as Gilliam and Baine each added two points each.
Scott led all scorers with 32 points for Earle as Hughey finished with nine points. Brown netted seven points as Moore added three points, Maples scored two points as Mattis and Tomlis chipped in one point each.
Overall, the season was a great one for the Junior Lady 'Hounds, as they competed in the tough 2A-3 conference. "What I told my girls is constant improvement and dedication is what is needed; not necessarily to win every game," Smith surmised of the campaign.
Rector Junior Girls
The Rector junior ladies were knocked out of the district tournament by Riverside 52-30 at EPC over the weekend.
Leading quarters for the Rebels were 7-4, 25-10 and 42-17. The ladies struggled to keep up and by halftime had dug quite a hole. Leading scoring for the Cougars was Gabby Clark posting 11. Other scorers were Michaela Rients 4, Mylesa Gant 3, Colby Robinson 3 and McKenna Parrish 2.
"I expect to see good things out of our girls in years to come," Coach Matt Dean said.
Marmaduke Junior Boys
The Junior Greyhounds were eliminated from the district tournament at EPC by Earle's Bulldogs Tuesday, Feb. 9, by a score of 66-17.
"They're a good team and most of their players are the size of our senior high," coach Justin Ward said.
Leading quarters for the Bulldogs were 23-3, 37-7 and 54-9. Standout scorers for the Bulldogs were LeAndrew Milow 19, Donerius Crowder 17 and Derius Cisero 10.
Scoring for the hounds were Billy Elder 5, Parker Lentz 5, Zach Lee 3, Jakob Tritch 2 and Bradley Horton 2.
The Bulldogs went on to win the district tournament.
On Monday, Feb. 2, the Hounds faced off with Crowley's Ridge Academy coming out on top 45-37.
Leading quarters for the Hounds were 10-3, 21-12 and 31-20. Leading Marmaduke scoring was seventh grader Bradley Horton, who hit two threes in the first quarter and three in the fourth for 15. Other scorers were Austin McCoy 13, Elder 12 and Blake Boyd 2.
"We were five out of five from the three point line and the younger guys really stepped up for this win," Ward said.