Lady 'Hounds Run Ends in State Semi-finals
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds postseason run ended in the state semi-finals on Friday, as they fell to 2A-3 conference mates Melbourne 68-37. It marked the fourth meeting of the two teams, with the Lady 'Hounds able to pull out one win. Their last meeting was in the semi-finals of the 2A-North Regional at Rector, as they fell to the Lady Bearkatz 67-37.
The following day Melbourne beat Earle for the regional title, while Marmaduke fell to Riverside to earn the four seed entering last week's state tournament at Carlise.
In the first round the Lady 'Hounds squeaked past Danville 77-66 in overtime. In the second round they had no problem beating Murfreesboro, posting a 66-40 win to move into the semi-final round.
But, Melbourne would not be denied as they posted the win to move into this weeks' championship game. Jumping to a 6-4 advantage after one, they stretched the lead to 29-11 at the break and enjoyed a 44-26 leading going into the fourth quarter. Heidi Robinson led the 'Hounds in the loss with 19, and was selected to the All State Tournament team.
Melbourne's opponents will be another familiar team as they'll take on the Riverside Lady Rebels for the 2A title, another team from the potent 2A-3 district.
The Lady Rebels advanced to the championship with a 49-47 win over the Earle Lady Bulldogs, winning on a last second basket by Lotti Hoffman. She finished with 17 points while Caroline “Bean” Hoffman had 15 and Grace Puckett finished with 13.
Melbourne and Riverside will meet for the girls championship in the final game of the state finals, set for 7 p.m. this Saturday.
In fact, all four of the semi-final teams were the top four from the 2A-North Regional at Rector High School, as Melbourne, Riverside, Earle and Marmaduke all advanced to the state semi's. On the boy's side, only the defending state champion Marked Tree Indians failed to make the final four from the recent regional at Rector, as the Clarendon Lions, EPC Warriors and Earle Bulldogs also made the semi-finals. Of them, only the Lions made it to the championship game as they'll take on the England Lions at 1:45 Saturday in the Hot Springs Convention Center. All of the finals are also being broadcast this year on AETN, the Public Broadcasting Network in Arkansas. They will also be archived, and may be streamed afterward. Additional information may be found at www.aetn.org