Lady 'Hounds WBC Runner-Ups
Marmaduke fell behind early and never found a way to slow Pocahontas down as they lost 60-25 in the finals of the 58th annual Williams Baptist College tournament this past Saturday in Walnut Ridge.
The Lady Redskins opened the scoring with a basket inside before Tabitha Hyten got Marmaduke on the board by hitting one of two free throws making it 2-1. Pocahontas reeled off the next 10 points to make the score 12-1 with 1:20 left. Natalie Lentz drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 12-4 Lady Redskins only to see Pocahontas answer with a three-pointer to make the score 15-4 at the end of one.
Natalie Shelton hit two free throws for Marmaduke after being fouled early in the second quarter making the score 15-6 Pocahontas. The Lady Redskins scored the next 11 points to go up 26-6 before Lentz stopped the run by hitting one of two free throws to make it 26-7 Pocahontas with 3:58 left. The Lady Redskins hit two free throws and a basket inside before Jordan Mays scored inside to make the score 30-9 Pocahontas. A conventional three-point play from Pocahontas and two free throws from Mays made the score 32-11 Lady Redskins at the half.
Scout Weatherford canned a three-pointer from the left corner to open the scoring for Marmaduke as Pocahontas got back to back baskets down low to make the score 37-14 Lady Redskins. Darra Johnson scored inside for the Lady Greyhounds, Pocahontas connected on two free throws and Hyten drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to make the score 39-19 Lady Redskins with 3:52 left. Pocahontas went on a 10-0 run before Lentz hit a baseline jumper for Marmaduke to stop the run making the score 49-21 Lady Redskins. Pocahontas added one of two free throws late in the quarter making the score 50-21 at the end of three.
Pocahontas hit a jumper in the lane making the score 52-21 invoking the mercy rule with 7:35 left. The Lady Redskins scored the next six points before Jenna Boggs hit two free throws for Marmaduke to make the score 58-23. Pocahontas scored down low and Anna Meredith hit two free throws to set the final score at 60-25 Lady Redskins.
"We are not as equipped as we have been in the past to play on back to back nights," Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said about this team. "We had two seniors and a sophomore not play very well tonight but making no excuses, Pocahontas has a good team," Smith added. "We didn't match their intensity and you have to do that to be competitive. We don't have eight or ten girls to run in and out like we have in the past," Smith said.
Lentz led the Lady Greyhounds in scoring with six points as Mays and Htyen each scored four points. Weatherford netted three points as Johnson, Meredith, Shelton and Boggs all chipped in two points each.
Marmaduke got to the title game with a 39-38 win over top-seeded Bay. Lentz's layup with 12 seconds left turned out to be the game winner for the Lady Greyhounds. Lentz led Marmaduke in scoring with 15 points. The Lady 'Hounds got a bye in the first round, then beat Tuckerman 52-37 in the second round to advance to the showdown with the Lady Yellowjackets.