'Hounds Girls on a Roll, Boys Split

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Another week--and another couple of wins for the Marmaduke girls basketball team. The Lady Greyhounds have made it look easy as of late, beating both Hillcrest and East Poinsett County by 30 points last week to push their win streak to eight games.

Marmaduke improved to 10-2 on the season, and 5-0 in conference play, following a 66-36 win against Hillcrest last Tuesday and a 71-41 handling of EPC to start this week's busy slate which includes competing in the Williams Baptist College Tournament at Walnut Ridge.

In last week's games, the Lady Greyhounds wasted little time gaining control of each contest. They led Hillcrest 42-13 at halftime and had out-run EPC 48-15 over the first two periods. Tabitha Hyten led the way for Marmaduke with 12 points and nine rebounds against Hillcrest, while Jordan Mays added 11 points for the Lady Greyhounds and teammate Anna Meredith chipped in with 10 points.

Against EPC on Monday, Marmaduke flew ahead 27-4 by the end of the first quarter and stretched the lead to 33 points by outscoring EPC 21-11 in the second quarter. Natalie Lentz and Natalie Shelton each scored 18 points apiece to pace the Lady Greyhounds, while Mays added 12 points and Scout Weatherford reached double figures with 11 points.

Jaleigha Garrett scored 12 points to lead EPC.

Marmaduke opened the season by splitting its first four games before winning eight straight contests. The Lady Greyhounds will be challenged this week at the WBC Tournament, as they were to play Tuckerman in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The winner of that game will meet the winner between top-seeded Bay and Hillcrest.

A meeting with Bay would mark the third of the season for Marmaduke, which lost its season opener at Bay before winning at home in the Marmaduke Classic.

The Marmaduke junior girls team is also enjoying a successful campaign, improving to 18-0 on the season with wins last week against Hillcrest (63-33) and EPC (54-26). Emma Foster finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Junior Lady Greyhounds against EPC while Reesa Hampton added 15 points and 10 assists.

The Marmaduke seventh-grade girls team picked up a 35-8 win.

Boys Teams

The Marmaduke boys basketball team split a pair of games last week, beating Hillcrest 68-57 last Monday a day before falling to East Poinsett County 76-59.

Against Hillcrest, Derek Agee exploded for 29 points, tallying 15 in the fourth quarter to help the Greyhounds maintain distance from Hillcrest down the stretch. Bryson Horton added 14 points - including a trio of 3-pointers - and Billy Elder tacked on 16 points.

A hot-shooting EPC team blew open a close game in the second quarter to take control of last Tuesday's game. Agee finished with 24 points - 16 in the second half - to lead the Greyhounds.

Marmaduke was to play Pocahontas in the quarterfinals of the Williams Baptist College Tournament on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to Friday's semifinals. The Greyhounds resume their regular season Dec. 6, at Walnut Ridge.win against EPC on Monday.

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