Lady Greyhounds run past BIC to win District title

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
BIC freshman Hannah Poe (1) shoots a free throw in the finals of the 2A-3 Junior District Tournament Saturday night at Lake City.
BIC's Candice Hodge (55) and Marmaduke's Shelby Blackburn (33) tip off the finals of the 2A-3 Jr. District Saturday night at Lake City. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Marmaduke raced past Buffalo Island Central 49-25 to take home the 2A-3 Junior District Tournament Championship Saturday night at Lake City. It was the rubber match between the Lady Greyhounds and the Lady Mustangs, who split during the regular season, but this time it was all Marmaduke.The two teams fought on even terms in the first quarter, with BIC holding an 11-10 lead at the break. Marmaduke took control in the second and third periods, outscoring the Lady Mustangs 28-10 to take a 39-20 advantage after three quarters of play. The Lady Greyhounds held a 25-16 lead at the half.

The Lady Greyhounds forced numerous turnovers resulting in easy baskets in breaking the game open.

Alex Richey poured in four three pointers and led Marmaduke with 16 points. The Lady Greyhounds finished 13-20 from the foul stripe and drilled six treys.

Candice Hodge led BIC with eight points while Hannah Poe scored six and Kelsey Strickland tallied four. Blaire Wildy netted three while Madison Greathouse and Megan Webster added two points apiece for the Mustangs, who hit four of 16 free throws.

"Marmaduke was just too much tonight," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "They are a very good team and they played very well. We had a great year. We just didn't get the shots to fall tonight and we didn't take care of the ball."

"Our kids played very well," said Marmaduke Coach Rick Smith. "BIC has a very good team. We made some shots and free throws. I really didn't think we would win by that much. We had beaten them in overtime earlier this year and I think they had beaten us by 11 early in the season. Our kids have continued to work hard and they've gotten better. I thought in the second half BIC didn't get many good looks. Our kids did a great job defensively. We took care of the ball tonight and we did a good job of forcing turnovers. We had a game plan and our kids really stuck to it. I am very proud of this group of girls."

BIC advanced to the finals with a 62-44 win Friday night over Maynard. The Lady Mustangs were led by Megan Webster's 16 points while Candice Hodge scored 14. Hannah Poe also hit double digits with 10 points. Karo Thomas tallied eight, Madison Greathouse netted six, Bailey Owens contributed five while Kelsey Strickland chipped in three points.

Brittanie Cline led Maynard with 17 points while Jordan Wiesenbach added 11.

The Lady Mustangs won their first round game over East Poinsett County 44-19. Hannah Poe led BIC with 12 points, Madison Greathouse netted nine, Megan Webster tallied six, Karo Thomas and Ashley Field pitched in four points apiece while Candice Hodge and Blaire Wildy chipped in three points each. Caslyn Walls contributed two while Kelsey Strickland added one point to round out the BIC scoring attack.

Candice Hodge, Hannah Poe, Kelsey Strickland and Madison Greathouse were all named to the 2A-3 All-Conference team for the Lady Mustangs.

The Junior Lady Mustangs, 2A-3 District Tournament Runner-ups and 2A-3 Junior High Conference Co-Champions.

Sidnee Popp, Madison Price, Shelby Blackburn and Cally Burgess were selected to the All-Conference team for Marmaduke.

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