MARMADUKE -- Marmaduke returned to 2A-3 conference play Monday night with a 76-27 victory over short-handed Buffalo Island Central in senior girls' basketball.

The Lady Greyhounds, which won the Kell Classic on Saturday, led 30-13 after the first quarter and 54-18 at halftime. Reesa Hampton scored 24 points, while Heidi Robinson had all of her 20 points in the first half for Marmaduke (20-7, 6-1 conference).

Also for MHS, Karlie Gilliam had nine, Angel Johnson and Maranda Bear scored seven apiece, Zoe Massey netted five and Tori Sutherland four.

Ranked fourth in Class 2A in the Arkansas Sports Media poll, Marmaduke visits top-ranked Melbourne, the conference leader, on Friday. Melbourne topped the Lady Hounds 47-39 last week at Marmaduke.

Haley Milligan scored 11 points to lead BIC, which dressed out only five players.

In the junior high game, Marmaduke cruised 60-29 behind Makenzie Hampton's 25 points.

Justis Joiner added 16 -- 14 in the third period -- while Baylie Joiner put in 11, Sara Roland had four and Shelby Hensley and Olivia Compton scored two each for Marmaduke (16-5, 4-3).

"We played really well. [BIC] has a good team," Marmaduke coach Rick Smith said. "It was the best game we've played since the MacArthur game."

Marmaduke also won the junior B game, 40-5. Olivia Compton led the winners with 12. Ava Anthony scored eight, Maddie Taylor seven, Lexi Gipson and Kimber Green four each, Jaci Pratt three and Bailey Hendrix two.

Smith said the Marmaduke girls' home games with Sloan-Hendrix, scheduled for Monday, have been moved to Jan. 29.

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