Hyten's Big Night Sparks Lady 'Hounds
Marmaduke (24-6) got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Tabitha Hyten, as the Lady Greyhounds beat Pangburn 60-38 in the semi-finals of the Kell Classic this past Saturday in Swifton. Marmaduke will play Hoxie in the finals this Saturday, Jan. 14.
Hyten hit a three-pointer from the top of key to start the scoring for Marmaduke as Pangburn got one of two free throws and a basket inside to make it 3-3. Hyten canned back to back three-pointers to make it 9-3 before the Lady Tigers hit one of two free throws to make the score 9-4 Marmaduke with 1:54 left. Jordan Mays hit two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds, Pangburn got a basket inside before Marmaduke got an inside basket from Mays and a three-ball from Scout Weatherford to make the score 17-6 Lady Greyhounds after one.
Natalie Shelton opened the second quarter with two free throws for Marmaduke as Pangburn answered with a basket down low to make it 19-8 Lady Greyhounds. Shelton hit two more free throws, the Lady Tigers hit one of two free throws and Mays hit two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds to push their lead to 23-9. Pangburn scored inside, Mays converted an old-school three-point play for Marmaduke before the Lady Tigers scored back to back baskets to make the score 26-15 with 3:20 left in the half. The Lady Greyhounds scored the next 13 points as Weatherford started off with a three-pointer, Mays hit two free throws, Lentz hit a running jumper and followed with a three-pointer as Hyten drilled another three-ball to make the score 39-15 Marmaduke. Pangburn added a three-pointer to make the score 39-18 at the half.
Pangburn scored the first two baskets of the third quarter before Mays drove in for a lay-up for Marmaduke making the score 41-22 Lady Greyhounds. The Lady Tigers scored inside only to see the Lady Greyhounds get back to back scores from Shelton and Mays to make the score 45-24 Marmaduke with 3:34 left. Pangburn scored back to back baskets as Hyten canned another three-pointer for the Lady Greyhounds to make the score 48-28 Lady Greyhounds after three quarters of play.
Weatherford was fouled attempting a three-pointer and hit two of the three free throws for Marmaduke to make the score 50-28 Lady Greyhounds early in the fourth quarter. Pangburn scored inside as Hyten hit two free throws for Marmaduke followed by Lentz with a basket inside for the Lady Greyhounds to make the score 54-30 Marmaduke. The Lady Tigers scored the next two baskets before Shelton hit two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds making it 56-34 Marmaduke. Pangburn hit a jumper in the lane, Johnna Rae Baine and Alyssa Henry score back to back baskets for the Lady Greyhounds as the Lady Tigers add a jumper to set the final score at 60-38 Marmaduke.
"I thought we played pretty well early. The second quarter was a turning point (22-12 Marmaduke) in the game for us. We knew they were a good team and it was going to be a tough game," head coach Rick Smith said after the game. "Hyten played really well and Mays had another good night for us," Smith added.
Mays joined Hyten in double figure points with 15 as Weatherford and Shelton had nine and eight points respectively. Lentz tossed in seven points as Baine and Henry each scored two points.
The Lady Greyhounds got to the semi-finals with a 58-32 win over Trumann in the quarter-finals last Wednesday. Shelton led Marmaduke with 18 points as Mays added 11 points. Hyten scored 9 points with Weatherford adding 6. Lentz scored 5, Baine scored 4, Anna Meredith added 3 points as Darra Johnson chipped in 2 points in the win.