Lady Greyhounds Come Up Short at District

Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Lady Greyhounds with their district runner-up trophy following the championship game.(TD photo/Anthony Cossey)

Marmaduke (30-9) had a hard time slowing down the opposing offense as Salem won the battle of the Greyhounds 62-39 in the 2A-2 girls' district final this past Saturday in Cotter. Marmaduke will play McCrory at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the 2A North Regional at Carlisle.

Salem got on the board first with a basket down low as Natalie Lentz answered with a basket inside for Marmaduke to make it 2-2 before Salem scored the next eight points to go up 10-2 with 1:54 left. Scout Weatherford got a steal and lay-up for Marmaduke, Salem put back an offensive rebound as Natalie Shelton canned a three-pointer for Marmaduke to make the score 12-7 Salem after one.

Salem got a steal and lay-up to start the second quarter scoring before Jordan Mays hit two free throws for Marmaduke to make it 16-9 Salem. A jumper from Salem, a three-pointer from Reesa Hampton of Marmaduke followed by back to back scores from Salem made it 20-12 Salem. Mays hit one of two free throws for Marmaduke, Salem hit a jumper, Anna Meredith had a stick back for Marmaduke only to see Salem again score back to back baskets making the score 26-15 Salem. Shelton got inside for a Marmaduke score, Salem scored in the paint, Mays canned a three-pointer for Marmaduke as Meredith hit three-free throws after being fouled attempting a three-pointer to cut the Salem lead to 28-23 with 1:54 left. Salem netted a three-pointer and then added three free throws after being fouled attempting a three-pointer to make it 34-23 Salem at the half.

Salem stretched their lead to 38-23 early in the third quarter before Shelton put back an offensive rebound for Marmaduke to make the score 38-25 Salem. Salem scored inside as Marmaduke got a stick back from Meredith, a score down low from Mays and another three-pointer from Hampton to cut the lead to 40-32 with 3:50 left. Salem scored the next seven points before Mays hit one of two free throws to make the score 47-33 Salem after three quarters of play.

Darra Johnson got a steal and lay-up to open the fourth quarter scoring only to see Salem score the next six points to stretch the lead to 53-35. Lentz hit two free throws for Marmaduke, Salem canned a three-ball and scored inside as Jenna Boggs hit a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke to make it 58-39 Salem. Salem scored the last two baskets of the game to make the final score 62-39 Salem.

Mays scored nine points to lead Marmaduke as Meredith and Shelton each scored seven points. Hampton tossed in six points, Lentz netted four points with Weatherford, Johnson and Boggs each scoring two points.

The MHS girls are slated to take on McCrory in the late girls game tonight, set to tip around 7 p.m. With a win they'll take on the host Carlisle girls, as they advanced last night with a 53-35 win over Sloan-Hendrix. In the other girls first round game Salem was eliminated by Brinkley 60-57, and will advance to take on the winner of this afternoon's game between Earle and Cotter.

In the boy's bracket Wednesday, Earle beat BIC 73-41 and Marked Tree eliminated Des Arc 70-27. Today's first round games at Carlisle feature Clarendon and Sloan-Hendrix in the early game with EPC taking on Brinkley in the late game.

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