Lady Greyhounds Fall to Melbourne in NEA
Marmaduke and Melbourne played evenly the first half as the teams were tied at end of the first and second quarters. The Lady Bearkatz took the lead in the third quarter and the Lady Greyhounds could never catch up as they lost 62-59 this past Saturday in Jonesboro.
The Lady 'Hounds jumped out to 5-0 lead as Anna Meredith hit two free throws and Scout Weatherford hit a three-pointer before Melbourne hit a jumper to make it 5-2. The 'Hounds then went on a run, capped by a basket by Natalie Lentz and two free throws from Foster making it 18-6 Lady Greyhounds. The Lady Bearkatz answered with 12 straight, knotting the game at 18-18 after one.
Weatherford hit a three for Marmaduke to open the second quarter as Melbourne answered with a three-pointer to make it 21-21. The two teams then swapped baskets, with the Lady Bearkatz make a layup at the buzzer to make the score 35-35 at the half.
Melbourne scored the first points of the third quarter to go up 37-35 before Lentz converted an old-fashioned three-point play for Marmaduke to make it 38-37 Lady Greyhounds. The Lady Bearkatz scored the next 11 before Johnson and Meredith answered for Marmaduke to make it 48-42 Melbourne with 3:05 left. The Lady Bearkatz hit a three-pointer as Weatherford drilled a three-ball for Marmaduke with four seconds left to make the score 51-45 Melbourne after three quarters of play.
The Lady Bearkatz scored first in the fourth quarter with a jumper as Marmaduke hit a jumper and Weatherford drilled a three to pull to 53-50 Melbourne. The Lady Bearkatz scored inside, Foster got a bucket in the paint for Marmaduke as Melbourne hit two free throws and added a basket down low to push their lead to 58-52 with 1:24 left. Weatherford hit a three-ball for Marmaduke, Mebourne hit two free throws, Hampton connected on a jumper for the Lady Greyhounds, the Lady Bearkatz hit two free throws before Hampton went coast to coast for a layup to set the final.
“They are a pretty good basketball team, we knew that coming in,” Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said after the game. “It turned out to be a pretty good game. We missed four or five free throws that could have helped and missed a couple three-pointers that could have helped us,” Smith added.
Weatherford led Marmaduke with 15 points as Hampton finished with 13 points. Foster, Meredith and Lentz scored eight points each, Johnson netted five points as Henry chipped in two points.