Lady Greyhounds race past BIC for 2A-3 Jr. District title
Marmaduke and Buffalo Island Central squared off for the third straight season in the 2A-3 Junior High District Championship game with the Lady Greyhounds once again coming out on top with a 52-37 victory Saturday night at Marmaduke.
The Lady Greyhounds, regular season conference champions, held a slim 9-5 lead after the opening quarter before taking command in the second period, outscoring BIC 18-7 to grab a 27-12 halftime advantage. Marmaduke's Tabitha Hyten and Jordan Mays sparked the Lady Greyhound's second quarter scoring surge, combining for 15 points.
Hyten dropped in back to back three point bombs late in the third quarter to extend the Lady 'Hound lead to 35-18. The quarter ended with Marmaduke ahead 37-20.
BIC fought back in the fourth quarter behind the scoring of Molly Hart and Heather Sipes, cutting the Marmaduke lead to 11 late in the game, but time ran out on the Lady Mustangs as the Lady Greyhounds claimed another title.
"I thought we played really well tonight," said Marmaduke Coach Rick Smith. "BIC has a real good team. This is the third year in a row we have played them in the district championship. My hat is off to Coach Fowler. He does a great job. He always seems to have his team in the finals. We had some major foul trouble from our best two players, but we had some kids step up tonight. Hyten had a huge game and we really needed her tonight."
"I am really proud of the season we had," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "We played with a lot of heart tonight and battled to the very end. This is six out of seven years we've made it to the finals, so I'm very proud of that. Marmaduke is a very good team."
Hyten led the Lady Greyhounds with 21 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Mays scored 16 while Natalie Lentz added eight points and 14 assists. Marmaduke finished the year with a 26-4 record.
Hart led the Lady Mustangs, who finish the season with a 19-6 mark, with 12 points. Sipes scored 10, Jona Carmichael had six, Kalya Griffin tallied five while Cadyn Qualls chipped in three points.
The Lady Mustangs began the tournament with a 45-23 victory over Marked Tree before defeating East Poinsett County 55-32 in the semifinals.
Griffin scored 17 points while Carmichael added 10 points and 11 rebounds in BIC's win over the Lady Warriors.
The Lady Mustangs placed three players on the All-Conference team, including Griffin, Hart and Sipes.