Lady Greyhounds Win District, Advance in Regional

Thursday, February 22, 2018
The district tournament champion Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds
TD photo/Anthony Cossey

Marmaduke (30-6) led from start to finish to claim a 59-35 win over Sloan-Hendrix to win the battle of the Lady Greyhounds and the 2A-2 district title this past Friday in Lepanto.

Natalie Lentz converted an old-school three-point play as Angel Johnson followed with a three-pointer to give Marmaduke the early 6-0 lead before Sloan-Hendrix scored back to back baskets making it 6-4. Lentz scored inside and Reesa Hampton canned a three-ball for Marmaduke as Sloan-Hendrix hit one of two free throws to make it 11-5 Marmaduke with 2:54 left in the quarter. Marmaduke scored the the last eight points of the quarter as Johnson drilled another three-pointer, Lentz hit two free throws and added a three-ball to make it 19-5 Marmaduke at the end of one.

Sloan-Hendrix scored back to back baskets to cut the lead to 19-9 as Hampton hit two free throws for Marmaduke making it 21-9. Sloan-Hendrix hit a jumper in the lane, Johnson canned a triple for Marmaduke, Sloan-Hendrix scored inside before Johnson hit one of two free throws for Marmaduke to make it 25-13 Marmaduke with 3:27 left. Sloan-Hendrix hit a jumper before Marmaduke got a stick back from Lentz, two free throws from Emma Foster and coast to coast to layup from Lentz to stretch their lead to 31-15. Sloan-Hendrix hit two free throws, Lentz hit two free throws for Marmaduke as Sloan-Hendrix added two more free throws to make the score 33-19 Marmaduke at the half.

Sloan-Hendrix hit a jumper to open the third quarter scoring as Johnson hit two free throws for Marmaduke to make it 35-21 Marmaduke. Sloan-Hendrix canned a three-ball, Foster converted an old-fashioned three-point play for Marmaduke before Sloan-Hendrix scored back to back baskets making it 38-28 Marmaduke. Foster hit one of two free throws on back to back trips to the line for Marmaduke, Lent hit two free throws for Marmaduke before Sloan-Hendrix hit one of two free throws to make the score 42-29 Marmaduke at the end of three.

Lentz canned a three-ball for Marmaduke for the first points of the fourth quarter as Sloan-Hendrix scored inside making it 45-31 Marmaduke. Letnz hit two free throws for Marmaduke, Sloan-Hendrix hit four straight free throws before Lentz hit two more free throws for Marmaduke making the score 49-35 Marmaduke with 4:13 left. Marmaduke scored the last 10 points of the game as Lentz hit two free throws, Anna Meredith scored inside, Lentz hit two free throws, Johnson hit two free throws before Maranda Crow hit two free throws and a three-pointer to make the final score 59-35 Marmaduke.

“I thought we came to play tonight,” Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said after the game. “We won all the quarters except the second which we tied 14-14. Lentz was big tonight, 13-13 from the free throw line. This senior group is the only group I've had that didn't play in a junior high district finals. They've remembered that and have worked their tails off to get here today,” Smith added.

Lentz the Lady Greyhounds with 27 points (13-13 from the free throw line) as Johnson finished with 14 points. Foster tossed in seven points, Hampton added five points, Crow had four points as Meredith chipped in two points for Marmaduke.

Marmaduke got to the title game with a 56-52 win over a scrappy Cotter team in the semi-finals this past Thursday. Foster led the Lady Greyhounds with 20 points as Scout Weahterford added nine points. Lentz tossed in eight points, Johnson and Meredith had seven points each as Hampton added five points for Marmaduke.

Lentz, Weatherford and Hampton were selected to the all-conference team for Marmaduke.

Wednesday evening the MHS girls advanced into the second round of the regional at Marked Tree with a 69-30 win over Des Arc. They await the winner of tonight's Earle-Salem game and will play at 7 p.m. Friday in the semi-finals. Carlisle, Brinkley and Sloan-Hendrix are still in the hunt in the top half of the bracket. All of the semi-finalist qualify for next week's state tourney at White County Central in Judsonia.

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