Greyhounds in District Play
The Marmaduke girls are set for regional play tonight at Imboden, as they're slated to take on Tuckerman at 7:00. The girls were upset in their district semi last week, while the boy's were also eliminated despite a good showing.
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds were upset in the 2A-3 district tournament semi-finals at Marked Tree Friday evening. As the regular season champs the Lady 'Hounds drew a bye to the semi's, and earned an automatic bid in next weeks' regional at Sloan-Hendrix.
But, the MHS girls had no answer for Earle's standout freshman, Roshala Scott, as she came off the bench to score 24 points in the 63-56 Lady Bulldog win. In fact, the Lady 'Hounds were leading by 3 when Scott entered the game, and within two minutes Earle enjoyed a 6 point lead.
Quarter leads for the Earle squad were 20-13 after one, 38-31 at the break and 51-37 entering the fourth quarter. Down the stretch the Lady 'Hounds did make several runs, and were able to pull to within six points, 55-49 with about two minutes to play. Then, with less than a minute to go in regulation they pulled back to a 60-54 deficit, but the Lady Bulldogs held on late to prevail. The following night they beat EPC in the finals, as they take a top seed into next week's regional tourney.
On the plus side, following the finals Marmaduke's Abby Meredith was named the Shawn Tillery 2A-3 Player of the Year.
In spite of the loss, the MHS girls are headed to the regional at Imboden this week, and will take on the Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs in the first round, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will advance to take on the winner of the Earle-Walnut Ridge game at 7 on Friday, with the third-fourth place game and championship set for Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. respectively.
Boys Fall in OT
Marmaduke (12-18) and Cross County (14-14) needed an extra period to settle their 2A-3 district tournament game last Tuesday in Marked Tree. Tied at 55 at the end of regulation, the Thunderbirds outscored the Greyhound 8-4 in overtime to take a 63-59 win.
Joshua Richardson put Cross County on board first with a basket inside before Marmaduke got a jumper from Bryson Horton and two free throws from Derek Agee to make it 4-2 Greyhounds. Garrett Melton scored in the paint and Bryce Jones canned a three-pointer for the Thunderbirds to make the score 7-4 Cross County with 4:15 left. Marmaduke got a stick back from Agee and a jumper from Horton to make the score 8-7 Cross County. Jones canned another three-pointer and Austin Phelan drilled back to back three-pointers for Cross County to make the score 16-8 Thunderbirds after one.
Lucas Dixon hit one of two free throws to make the score 16-9 early in the second quarter only to see Melton score inside and Marcus Boykin hit one of two free throws for Cross County making the score 19-9 Thunderbirds. Tyler Vowell converted a three-point play for the Greyhounds as Phelan drilled another three-pointer for Cross County to make it 22-12 Thunderbirds with 3:24 left. Vowell scored off an offensive rebound and Andrew Church got a steal and lay as Cross County cut the lead to 22-16 only to see Melton rebound his own miss and score for the Thunderbirds to make it 24-16 Cross County. Agee scored inside for Marmaduke and Melton hit a jumper in the lane for the Thunderbirds to give Cross County a 26-18 lead at the half.
Anfernee Davis netted at three-pointer and Boykin got a stick back basket for Cross County to make the score 31-18 to start the third quarter. The Greyhounds got two free throws and a coast to coast lay up from Vowell and an inside basket from Agee to make the score 31-24 Cross County. Richardson got a stick back for Cross County only to see Marmaduke get a basket down low from Vowell, two free throws from Agee and another basket down low from Vowell to make the score 33-30 Thunderbirds with 2:35 left in the quarter. Richardson hit one of two free throws for Cross County before Church and Agee canned back to back three-pointers for Marmakduke giving the Greyhounds a 36-34 lead headed to the fourth quarter.
Richardson scored back to back baskets and Boykin got a lay up for Cross County to make the score 40-36 Cross County with just over two minutes gone in the quarter. Dixon scored inside only to see the Thunderbirds reel off the next six points with Richardson getting back to back baskets in the paint around a jumper by Davis to make the score 46-38 Cross County. Vowell hit two free throws for Marmaduke, Richardson got a stick back for the Thunderbirds, Church canned a three-pointer from the right wing and Cross County got one of two free throws and a basket inside from Richardson to make the score 51-43 Thunderbirds with 2:06 left. Vowell scored in the paint and hit two free throws for Marmaduke to make the score 51-47. Jones hit two free throws for the Thunderbirds, Vowell scored off an offensive rebound for Marmaduke, Phelan hit one of two free throws for Cross County and Agee converted an old-school three-point play to make it 54-52 Thunderbirds. Boykin hit one of two free throws with less than a minute left for Cross County to make it 55-52 only to see Church connect on a three-pointer with 20 seconds for Marmaduke to tie the game at 55 and send it to overtime.
Agee gave Marmaduke the first lead of overtime at 57-55 with a basket inside only to see Richardson score back to back for Cross County to make the score 59-57. Vowell scored inside for the Greyhounds to tie it at 59 before Cross County got a basket inside from Richardson, one of two free throws from Phelan and one of two free throws from Richardson to make the final score 63-59 Cross County.
Richardson led all scorers with 25 points for Cross County as Phelan netted 11 points and Jones added eight points. Davis tossed in seven points as Melton and Boykin each scored six points.
Vowell scored 23 points to lead Marmaduke as Agee finished with 18 points and Church had 11 points. Horton added four points as Dixon chipped in three points.