Marmaduke turns back Lady Rebels 50-44 in NEA quarterfinals

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Marmaduke and Riverside battled on even terms for three quarters, before the Lady Greyhounds pulled away in the final period to take a hard fought 50-44 victory in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament Saturday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Riverside sophomore Natalie Milligan in action last week at the NEA Tournament in Jonesboro.

Marmaduke held a slim 10-7 edge after the first quarter and took a 20-17 lead into intermission. Riverside squared the game 24-24 when senior forward Lauren Weaver drilled a three pointer with 4:19 left in the third period. The two teams traded buckets before Kenzley Wilson gave Riverside a 29-26 lead with a triple of her own. Sidney Bopp's lay-up pulled the Lady Greyhounds to within a point before Alexus Jones' basket gave Marmaduke a 30-29 lead. Anna Brickell sank one of two foul shots with 59 seconds left in the quarter to tie the game 30-30 heading into the final frame.

Marmaduke began the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 39-32 lead. Bopp started the Lady Grehyound burst with a pair of free throws and a long three pointer. The Lady Rebels came right back with a conventional three point play by Wilson, followed by another bucket by the 5'7" junior guard, cutting the Lady 'Hound lead to 39-37 with 4:17 to go. But Marmaduke ran off a 10-2 spurt, capped off by four straight free throws from Whitley Boggs, to give the Lady 'Hounds a commanding 49-39 lead with less than 1:00 left.

"We shot the ball well from the free throw line in the fourth quarter," said Marmaduke coach Rick Smith. "We put up 20 fourth quarter points, which was big. Our hats are off to Riverside. Coach Womack (Jeff) does a great job with them and they played very well tonight."

"We set a goal of holding them to 50 points, and if we did that we felt like we would have a shot," said Riverside coach Jeff Womack. "We just missed too many easy shots, but I felt like we had a really good opportunity to win the game. Three of four easy layups that we missed could have really changed the momentum of the game, but I thought our kids played a heck of a game."

Bopp led Marmaduke with 16 points while Whitley Boggs added 14. Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Lady Greyhounds connected on 13-20 free throws, including nine of 13 in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Wilson led Riverside with 16 points. Weaver had 15 points and nine rebounds while Anna Brickell scored eight points and grabbed nine boards. Catlyn Sailor tallied three while Natalie Milligan added two points. Riverside hit 14-21 free throws and committed 15 turnovers.

Riverside won its first round game 40-37 over Newport. Kenzley Wilson led the Lady Rebels with 21 points while Lauren Weaver added 15. Anna Brickell scored four.

Tamara Steward led the Lady Greyhounds with 12 points.

Riverside led 10-4 after the first quarter and 15-12 at the half. Newport rallied to take a 24-22 lead heading into the final frame, before the Lady Rebels rallied for the win.

Riverside returns to action Jan. 7 when they travel to Monette to take on archrival Buffalo Island Central in 2A-3 conference play.

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