Lady Hounds Advance in NEA, MHS and RHS Boys Fall

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Rector's Kirk Beshears shoots a jumper over the screen set by Conly Lockhart during the Cougar's game with Marked Tree this past Monday in the NEA Invitational Tournament. (TD Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Marmaduke had three players in double digits scoring as the Lady Greyhounds beat Armorel 77-55 in their opening round game of the Division I girls' NEA Invitational Tournament in Jonesboro.

Natalie Lentz got the Lady Greyhounds on the board first with a lay-up off the break as Armorel answered with a basket inside to make it 2-2. Natalie Shelton converted an old-school three-point play for Marmaduke before the Lady Tigers hit one of two free throws and added a jumper to make the score 5-5. Lentz connected on a three-pointer for the Lady Greyhounds, Armorel hit one of two free throws as Shelton canned a three-pointer and followed with a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke to make the score 13-6 Lady Greyhounds with 3:13 left. Jenna Boggs hit two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds, Armorel scored inside and Jordan Mays hit a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke to make the score 16-8 Lady Greyhounds at the end of one.

The Lady Greyhounds scored the first nine points of the second quarter as Lentz had back to back baskets, Shelton had a steal and lay-up and Lentz drilled a three-pointer to make it 25-8 Marmaduke. Armorel hit one of two free throws as Lentz hit one of two free throws, Shelton hit one of two free throws and Mays scored inside to push the Lady Greyhounds' lead to 29-9 with five minutes left. The Lady Tigers converted an old-school three-point play, Boggs scored inside for Marmaduke, Armorel got a basket down low before Mays drove in for a lay-up and Anna Meredith canned a three-ball for the Lady Greyhounds to push their lead to 36-14 Marmaduke. Meredith exchanged one of two free throws with the Lady Tigers before adding a basket inside to make the score 39-15 Lady Greyhounds. Armorel hit two free throws only to see Meredith drill a three-pointer for Marmaduke with Shelton adding a stick back basket late to make the score 44-17 Marmaduke at the half.

Lady Greyhound Natalie Lentz shoots a three-pointer during Marmaduke's win over Armorel in the opening round of he NEA Invitational Tournament. (TD Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Lentz scored off the fast break to open the third quarter for Marmaduke as Scout Weatherford netted a three-pointer from the left corner making the score 49-17 Lady Greyhounds. Armorel hit one of two free throws before Marmaduke scored the next 14 points with Weatherford drilling another three-ball, Lentz put back an offensive rebound, Shelton hit one of two free throws as Mays hit one of two free throws and hit a three-pointer. Shelton ended the run with back to back baskets to make the score 63-18 with 1:56 left. The Lady Tigers had a stick back basket only to see Johnna Rae Baine score inside for Marmaduke and Lentz get an easy basket off the break to make it 67-20 Lady Greyhounds at the end of three.

Armorel hit two free throws to start the fourth quarter before Marmaduke scored the last 10 points to post a 77-22 win. Alyssa Henry hit one of two free throws, Baine was good on a jumper, Boggs hit two free throws, Weatherford canned a three-pointer and Henry scored inside to close the scoring.

"I'm proud of my girls for coming out the second half and keeping the intensity up. Just because you are a higher seed it doesn't guarantee you a win," Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said after the game "We won't to get better every time we get on the floor, not only for this tournament but possibly for a post-season run. You have to play hard every minute," Smith added.

Lentz led Marmaduke in scoring with 19 points as Shelton finished with 18 points. Mays added 10 points as Meredith and Weatherford each scored nine points. Boggs tossed in five points as Baine scored four points and Henry chipped in three points for the Lady Greyhounds.

RHS Boys Fall

Rector (3-9) couldn't slow down the fast-paced offense of Marked Tree (7-6) as the Indians posted a 77-43 win over the Cougars in the opening round of Division I boys' play this past Monday in Jonesboro.

Kirk Beshears got the Cougars on the board first with a basket inside as Marked Tree got a three-pointer and fast break lay-up from Colby Malone and a stick-back basket from Nick Andrews to make the score 7-2 Indians. Cody Ails drilled a three-pointer for Rector, Tray Brown answered with a three-pointer for Marked Tree, Easton Tracy scored inside for the Cougars as Tray Brown netted another three-pointer and added a lay-up off the fast break to make the score 17-7 Indians with 3:26 left. Colby Malone scored of the break for Marked Tree before connecting on back to back three-pointers to push the Indians' lead to 23-7. Ails made a three-pointer from the left wing for Rector as Malone scored off the fast break for Marked Tree right before the buzzer making the score 25-10 Indians after one.

Paul Coleman scored off the fast break for Marked Tree to open the second quarter as Ails canned a three-pointer for Rector to make the score 27-13 Indians. Tray Brown connected on a three-ball for Marked Tree followed by a lay-up off the break from Julian Booker before Max Ford canned a three-pointer from the top of the key for Rector making the score 32-16 Marked Tree with 3:30 left. Markel Perry-Washington hit one of two free throws for the Indians as Malone got a basket inside for the Indians to push their lead to 35-16. Tracy knocked down a three-pointer for Rector before AJ Johnson scored inside for Marked Tree and Malone drilled another three-pointer for the Indians to make the score 40-19 Marked Tree. Conly Lockhart hit one of two free throws for the Cougars with just under a minute left making the score 40-20 Indians at the half.

Booker and Andrews hit back to back jumpers for Marked Tree to open the second half before Tracy and Sam Simmons netted back to back three-pointers for Rector to make the score 44-26 Indians. Andrews hit one of two free throws for Marked Tree, Andrew Carter converted an old-school three-point play for Rector, Coleman made one of two free throws for the Indians as Tracy and Beshears scored back to back baskets for Rector to make the score 46-33 Marked Tree with 3:04 left. Coleman scored inside for the Indians; Carter hit one of two free throws for the Cougars as Marked Tree got two free throws from Andrews, a fast break lay-up from Malone and a conventional three-point play from Shy Anderson to give the Indians a 55-34 lead. Ails scored inside for Rector and Malone drilled another three-pointer for Marked Tree to make the score 58-36 after three quarters of play.

The Indians went on an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter as Perry-Washington scored inside, Anderson hit one of two free throws, Andrews got a stick back basket, Perry-Washington connected on two free throws, Andrews scored down low and Perry-Washington scored in the paint to make the score 69-36. Ford stopped the run with a three-ball for Rector only to see Marked Tree get back to back baskets from Jack Brown and AJ Johnson to make the score 75-39 with 1:36 left. Ford scored inside for Rector, Jack Brown had a tip-in for Marked Tree and Ford hit a running jumper for the Cougars to set the final score at 77-43 Indians.

"I thought the kids played really well for the first three quarters as we kind of let that last quarter get away from us," Rector head coach Matt Mills said after the game. "Marked Tree shot the ball really well tonight but I was proud of my kids to keep fighting and never give up," Mills added.

Ails led Rector in scoring with 11 points with Ford and Tracy each tossing in 10 points. Beshears and Carter both netted four points as Simmons scored three points and Lockhart chipped in a point.

Malone led all scorers with 25 points as Andrews and Tray Brown both finished with 11 points each. Perry-Washington netted seven points, Coleman finished with five points with AJ Johnson, Booker, Jack Brown and Anderson all scoring four points each. Kentarius added two points for Marked Tree.

'Hounds Eliminated

Marmaduke played a close first quarter then the offense went cold as Mammoth Spring downed the Greyhounds 50-37 in the boys' Division I NEA Invitational Tournament this past Monday in at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Mammoth Spring hit one of two free throws to open the scoring as Bryson Horton answered for Marmaduke with a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 3-1 Greyhounds. The Bears scored back to back basket to take a 5-3 lead before Corey Burks scored inside for Marmaduke to make it 5-5. Mammoth Spring hit a jumper, Derek Agee hit one of two free throws for the Greyhounds as the Bears got a stick back basket to make the score 9-6 Mammoth Spring with 3:16 left. Burks netted a three-pointer for the Greyhounds only to see the Bears get a basket inside followed by a conventional three-point play to make the score 14-9 Mammoth Spring. Marmaduke got two free throws from Burks and a jumper from Horton before Mammoth Spring scored inside to take a 16-13 lead at the end of one.

Agee hit a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke to start the second quarter before the Bears scored back to back baskets to make the score 20-15 Mammoth Spring. Burks drilled a three-pointer from the left corner for the Greyhounds only to see the Bears again get back to back baskets to make it 24-18 Mammoth Spring with 2:59 left. The Bears added one of two free throws and a steal and lay-up to increase their lead to 27-18 at the half.

The teams traded scores as Jonathan Webb scored off the fast break for Marmaduke, the Bears got a basket down low, Agee scored inside for the Greyhounds and Mammoth Spring scored inside again to make the score 31-22 Bears. Billy Elder netted a three-pointer for Marmaduke from the left wing as Agee added one of two free throws for the Greyhounds to make the score 31-26 Bears with 3:25 left. Mammoth Spring scored the next nine points before Horton hit a running jumper with two seconds left to make the score 40-28 Bears at the end of three.

Agee hit two free throws for Marmaduke to start the fourth quarter scoring as Mammoth Spring hit one of two free throws and added a bucket down low to make the score 43-30 Bears. Horton hit a jumper for Marmaduke, Mammoth Spring answered with a jumper followed by an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 48-32 Bears with 4:32 left. The Greyhounds got one of two free throws form Jacob Caraway and a jumper followed by a steal and lay-up from Horton to set the final score at 50-37.

"We just couldn't stay consistent, we'd get a couple baskets and then fail to block out. Get another two or three baskets and then air ball one," Marmaduke coach Justin Ward said after the game. "We have some things we will work on to get prepared for the Kell Classic," Ward added.

Horton led Marmaduke with 13 point as Burks netted 10 points. Agee tossed in eight points, Elder scored three points with Webb and Caraway adding two points and one point respectively.

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