Greyhound Hoops Seasons Underway
With the arrival of November, basketball season is now in full swing for the teams of Marmaduke High School. Both squads of the boys and girls teams have hit the hardwoods, with a mix of results.
Riverside did what the previous 35 visitors could not accomplish on Monday--pick up a girls basketball win at Marmaduke.
The Lady Rebels snapped a 35-game home winning streak by Marmaduke, notching a 53-42 win against the Lady Greyhounds.
The loss dropped Marmaduke to 1-2 on the young season after the Lady Greyhounds had opened with a 58-42 loss at Bay before winning 88-57 at home against Maynard.
The Lady Greyhounds had a 10-day layoff between games before losing on Monday.
Riverside (2-1) staked to a 23-19 halftime lead before outpacing Marmaduke 19-14 in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 42-33. The pace slowed in the final period as the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Greyhounds 11-9 to keep Marmaduke at bay and hold on for the win.
In its previous game, Marmaduke used a strong second-half to dismantle Maynard 88-57. The Lady Greyhounds led 42-39 at the break but stretched the lead to 61-45 by outrunning Maynard 19-6 in the third quarter.
Natalie Shelton paced Marmaduke's scoring attack with 28 points, while Natalie Lentz and Anna Meredith added 14 points apiece. Jordan Mays chipped in 11 points for the Lady Greyhounds as they evened their record at 1-1 on the season before hosting Riverside.
Marmaduke is slated to play Maynard again on Thursday before hosting Sloan-Hendrix next Tuesday.
The Marmaduke boys basketball team has won two of its first three games this season as the Greyhounds were on the road to start the year.
After a 58-38 win at Armorel to open the 2016-17 campaign, Marmaduke defeated Ridgefield Chirstian 61-54 last Tuesday before falling to Riverside 77-56 on Friday.
The win at Armorel marked a return by Greyhounds coach Justin Ward to the school and team he coached three seasons before returning to his alma mater last season. Ward had guided the Tigers to a pair of state tournaments during his time at Armorel.
After a week off, Marmaduke improved to 2-0 last Thursday by rallying past Ridgefield Christian, overcoming a 34-24 halftime deficit and storming ahead for a 61-54 win. Corey Burkes led the way for the Greyhounds with 19 points, while Billy Elder added 18 and Derek Agee finished with 15 points.
On Friday, the Greyhounds fell for the first time this season when they lost to Riverside 77-56. Marmaduke trailed by five points, 22-17, at the end of the first quarter and were outscored 19-10 in the second quarter as Riverside took control with a 41-27 halftime lead. The Greyhounds trailed 59-38 by the end of the third quarter as Riverside won running away.
Burkes finished with 17 points to pace the Marmaduke scoring attack, while Elder added 15 points and Agee chipped in with 12 points.
The Greyhounds were set to make their home debut on Tuesday against Bay. Marmaduke is scheduled to open 2A Region 2 conference play against Buffalo Island Central on Friday at Monette before hosting Sloan-Hendrix next Tuesday.
The Marmaduke junior high girls basketball team claimed the championship of the Marmaduke Invitational last week, while the junior high boys finished second in their bracket.
The Junior Lady Greyhounds defeated Riverside 65-39 to claim their title. Emma Foster scored 17 points and Karlie Graham added 16 in the winning effort. Marmaduke had reached the championship game by beating Buffalo Island Central 54-16 in the semifinals. Foster led the way with 20 points in that game, while Reesa Hampton added 11 points and Gilliam finished with 10.
Also last week, the Marmaduke junior girls team beat Ridgefield Christian 60-16 behind 23 points and 10 rebounds by Foster, 17 points by Gilliam and 13 points by Hampton.
Meanwhile, the Junior Greyhounds reached the finals of the Marmaduke Invitational before falling to four-time tourney champion Buffalo Island Central 43-28.
Marmaduke had defeated Riverside 52-38 to reach the championship game. Bradley Horton led the Junior Greyhounds with 15 points, while Jakob Tritch added 12 points and Austin McCoy chipped in with 10 points.
The junior boys team also defeated Ridgefield Christian last week, 60-45, getting 26 points from McCoy.