Lady 'Hounds Kell Runner-Ups
In a game worthy of a championship match-up, Marmaduke (18-6) battled all-night only to see Salem score the last seven points of the game to take a 58-51 victory at the 32nd Annual George Kell Hall of Fame Classic this past Saturday night in Swifton.
Salem scored the first nine points of the game before Marmaduke got on the board with a stick back basket from Anna Meredith and a three-pointer from Natalie Lentz to make it 9-5. Salem scored seven straight points to make it 16-5 with 1:51 left as Emma Foster scored back to back baskets for Marmaduke to cut the lead lead 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Marmaduke opened the second quarter with a three-ball from Angel Johnson and two free throws from Lentz to make it 16-14 Salem. An inside basket from Salem made it 18-14 before Marmaduke got back to back three-pointers from Johnson and Scout Weatherford to take their first lead of the game at 20-18 with 4:56 left. Salem hit a jumper, Lentz canned a three-ball for Marmaduke, Salem got inside for another score as Johnson drilled a trey for Marmaduke to make it 26-22 Marmaduke. Salem hit two free throws and a jumper over the last two minutes of the quarter to send the teams to halftime with the score tied at 26.
Salem opened the third quarter with back to back jumpers as Lentz got a basket in the paint for Marmaduke to make it 30-28 Salem. Meredith hit a three-pointer for Marmaduke after a Salem score and before Salem scored back to back baskets making it 36-31 Salem with 3:54 left. Reesa Hampton hit a three-ball for Marmaduke, Salem connected on a jumper, Weatherford canned a three for Marmaduke only to see Salem hit another jumper to make it 40-37 Salem. Foster scored inside for Marmaduke, Salem hit a jumper in the lane before Marmaduke got a Foster three-pointer from the top of key with two seconds left to tie the game at 42 at the end of three.
Salem went on an 8-2 run to open the fourth quarter as Lentz hit a jumper in the lane for Marmaduke's points making the score 50-44 Salem. Marmaduke got a stick back from Hampton and one of two free throws from Weatherford to cut the lead to 50-48 as Salem hit one of two free throws to make it 51-48 with 2:22 left. Meredith tied the game at 51 with a Marmaduke three-pointer before Salem scored back to back baskets and hit three of four free throws in the last 24 seconds to take a 58-51 win and the championship trophy.
“First off I'd like to say how well the game was officiated tonight. I look up with three minutes left in the game and each team has one foul. That's good stuff in a championship game, you let the players win the game,” Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said after the game. “Salem whipped up a couple times on the the boards there in the third quarter getting second, third and sometimes fourth shots and that is what beat us. Losing four starters off a team that Salem beat by 28 in the district finals last year, I think we are about as good as they are now,” Smith added.
Lentz led Marmaduke with 12 points as Foster and Johnson both scored nine points. Weatherford and Meredith each scored eight points as Hampton tossed in five points.
Marmaduke got to the finals with a 55-50 win over Highland in the semi-finals. Lentz scored 19 points to lead Marmaduke as Foster and Weatherford scored nine points each. Meredith had eight points, Hampton netted seven points as Johnson chipped in three points for the Lady Greyhounds.