Top ranked Lady Greyhounds roll past BIC 74-30; Lady Mustangs defeat Marked Tree
Marmaduke showed why they are one of the favorites to win the Class 2A State Basketball Championship next month as the Lady Greyhounds raced past Buffalo Island Central 74-30 Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.
Marmaduke, 28-2 overall and 11-1 in league play, used a tenacious full court press which forced 12 first half Lady Mustang turnovers to spark the Lady Greyhounds from the outset. Marmaduke jumped ahead 18-7 after the opening quarter behind the one-two scoring punch of seniors Madison Price and Sidnee Bopp. The duo combined for 10 points in a 12-2 Marmaduke run that gave the visitors a 14-5 lead with 2:27 left in the first period. Blaire Wildy's driving lay-in off the glass broke the Marmaduke run, but the Lady Greyhounds scored the last four points of the frame to take a double digit advantage.
Price opened the second stanza with a 15-foot jumper, and followed up with a three point play to push the Greyhound lead to 23-7. Wildy scored on an offensive stick-back for BIC, but an inside bucket from Jordan Mays and a Shelby Blackburn three pointer from the top of the key stretched Maramduke's lead to 28-9. A steal and a layup by Bopp pushed the lead to 21 at the 5:29 mark. The Lady Greyhounds added a pair of three pointers from Adriana Boling and Brianna Hood and took a 39-20 advantage into the dressing room at intermission.
Marmaduke blew things wide open in the third period, outscoring the Lady Mustangs 27-5 to take a 66-25 bulge into the fourth quarter. Kelsey McCoy pumped in nine points during Marmaduke's big quarter while Bopp and Abby Meredith added six points each. Karoline Thomas accounted for all five of BIC's points during the period.
Marmaduke placed three players in double digits, led by Price who scored 18. Bopp tallied 12 while McCoy chipped in 11. Hood and Blackburn added eight points apiece. The Lady Greyhounds connected on 13-16 foul shots and drained nine treys on the evening. Marmaduke's pressure defense forced 21 BIC turnovers.
BIC was led by Thomas who scored nine while Wildy added seven. Hannah Poe tallied five while Madison Greathouse, Ashley Field, Megan Webster and Jona Carmichael all pitched in two points apiece. Bailey Owens added one point. BIC made 12-17 free throws.
In junior high action, BIC upended Marmaduke 47-42 behind Heather Sipes' 17 point, 11 rebound performance. Mollly Hart scored nine, Holly Stockton netted six, Cadyn Qualls tallied five, Brianna Lambert contributed four, Haddyn Hurst chipped in three points while Lexi Walls added two points.
Natalie Lentz topped Marmaduke with a game high 20 points.
BIC bounced back Thursday night to claim a 55-45 come from behind victory at Marked Tree. The Lady Mustangs (18-8, 8-5 2A-3) got a huge night from senior Bailey Owens, who poured in a game high 25 points, including six three pointers. Owens also grabbed eight boards and dished out five assists. Megan Webster added 13 points for BIC while Madison Greathouse handed out eight assists and came away with five steals.
Lexi Perry paced Marked Tree with 22 points while Tullia Tull added 19.
The two conference foes battled to a 27-27 halftime draw before Marked Tree edged ahead 36-34 after three quarters. The Lady Mustangs exploded in the fourth period, outscoring Marked Tree 21-9 to secure the victory.
BIC can claim the number two seed in the conference with a win over Rector Thursday night on the road.
In junior high action, BIC routed Marked Tree 40-19. Heather Sipes recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Mustangs improved to 12-10 overall and 5-8 in league play.
BIC will return to action Thursday night when they travel to Rector in the final league game of the season.