Lady 'Hounds Advance in NEA Over P-W

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Marmaduke's Natalie Lentz scores in front of a defender during the Lady Greyhounds opening round win of the NEA Invitational Tournament being played at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.

Marmaduke closed the game on a 15-0 run to hit the century mark in a 100-18 win over Palestine-Wheatley in their opening round game of the NEA Invitational Tournament this past Monday in Jonesboro.

The Lady Greyhounds opened the game with a 12-0 run as Angel Johnson scored inside, Anna Meredith canned a three-pointer, Johnson got a steal and layup, Meredith canned another trey before Natalie Lentz scored inside. The Lady Patriots hit two free throws for their first points making it 12-2 as Lentz canned a three-ball for Marmaduke and Reesa Hampton hit two free throws for the Lady Greyhounds to make it 17-2 Lady 'Hounds with 5:25 left. Palestine-Wheatley scored inside, Lentz scored back to back baskets for Marmaduke before Hampton hit a trey for the Lady Greyhounds to extend their lead to 21-4. Emma Foster converted an old-school three-point play, Lentz got a steal and layup before hitting one of two free throws before Hampton drilled a three-pointer to stretch the Marmaduke lead to 33-4. The Lady Patriots scored back to back baskets to make the score 33-8 Lady 'Hounds at the end of one.

Marmaduke opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run as Scout Weatherford canned a three-pointer, Lentz scored back back baskets as Weatherford drilled another three-ball to make the score 43-8 Lady Greyhounds. Palestine-Wheatley hit a jumper before Marmaduke got a three-ball from Meredith as Foster scored seven straight points with a basket inside, one of two free throws, another inside basket and a jumper to make it 55-10 Marmaduke with 2:06 left. The Lady Patriots hit a jumper only to see the Lady Greyhound get two free throws each from Karlie Gilliam and Lentz to the make the halftime score 59-12 Marmaduke.

The Lady Patriots hit one of two free throws early in the first quarter before the Lady Greyhounds reeled off the next 14 points as Hampton canned a three-pointer, Lentz and Hampton had back to back fast break layups, Weatherford canned a trey before Foster scored back to back baskets making it 73-13 Marmaduke with 4:14 left. Palestine-Wheatley scored on a stick back basket, Meredith converted a rare four-point play for the Lady 'Hounds, the Lady Patriots hit one of two free throws as Maggie Mays canned a three-ball for Marmaduke to make it 80-16 at the end of three.

Mays hit a three-pointer and Foster scored inside before the Lady Patriots hit a jumper to make it 85-16 Lady Greyhounds with 4:25 left as the mercy clock was running. Marmaduke hit five straight three-pointers over the last 3:12 to hit the 100 point mark with Alyssa Henry, Lentz, Gilliam, Weatherford and Lentz hitting the treys to make the final 100-18 Lady Greyhounds.

“We came out sluggish last Saturday against this team and we didn't want that to happen again today,? Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said after the game. I told the girls lets play hard but smart the whole game. I was proud of our reserves. They practice hard everyday and it was good to see them come in and play well, Smith added.

Lentz led five players in double digit scoring for Marmaduke with 26 points as Foster tossed in 16 points. Hampton and Meredith both netted 13 points with Weatherford finishing with 12 points. Mays and Johnson both scored six points each, Gilliam had five points as Henry chipped in three points for the Lady Greyhounds.

The Marmaduke girls are slated to take on Melbourne at 10 a.m. Saturday in the second round. The Lady Bearkatz advanced over Marked Tree on Monday by a score of 57-23.

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