Johnson pours in 26 in Marmaduke win
CARAWAY Heather Johnson blistered the nets for 26 points and the Grigsby twins left Riverside seeing double as Marmaduke rolled to an easy 72-50 win in 3AA North action Thursday night at Caraway.
The powerful Lady Greyhounds scored inside and out as the Lady Rebels could find no answer in stopping Coach Matt Dean's juggernant.
Marmaduke raced to a 23-15 lead after the first quarter and stretched its lead to 40-23 by halftime.
Things didn't get any better in the second half for Riverside as Marmaduke increased the lead to 67-39 by the end of the third quarter of play.
The Lady Greyhounds nailed nine three pointers, including six by Johnson. Brooke Grigsby pumped in 16 and her 6'2" sister, Beth, added 15 points, mostly from inside the paint.
"Marmaduke shoots the ball very well and are so very hard to stop. They come at you from inside and out," said Riverside Coach Nancy Ritter.
"We tried zone and man defense, but just couldn't stop them," Ritter added. "They (Marmaduke) are strong shooting from the outside and also are strong in the post. We made a couple of runs when they got into some foul trouble, but they were just too strong," concluded Ritter.
Coach Dean praised his teams' effort, noting his Lady Hounds shot exceptionally well all night.
"Brooke got us going early in the post and they (Riverside) had to collapse down low with their defense which left Johnson open from the outside," Dean said. "When we shoot that well, we are very hard to beat," Dean added.
Rounding out the Greyhound scoring was Lauren Wright with nine points, Trina Graham, Teri Graham, and May Humphries, chipped in two each.
For Riverside, Keryn Douglas was the only Lady Rebel in double figures with 11 points. Chelsea Couch scored nine, Amanda Dunigan and Miranda Stephens each had eight. Amanda Jo Churchill and Hailey Faulkner each had seven for the Rebs.
With the win, Marmaduke improves to 32-1 overall and a perfect 14-0 Conference mark. Riverside falls to 16-11 overall and 6-8 in the league.
In Junior High action, Riverside posted a thrilling 35-33 overtime win. Sam Dunigan led the Lady Rebel charge with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Emilee Hook scored eight. Marissa Johnson had five, while Emma Wilson scored three. Megan Adams chipped in two for the Lady Rebels.
Brooke Smith led Maramduke with 10 points.