Thursday, January 6, 2005

Lady Patriots win three at Classic
By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots made it a happy New Year with three wins last week in the Clarksdale Lee Holiday Classic.

Coach Tommy Gunn’s team knocked off Washington School, Tunica Institute of Learning and Lee-Marianna, Ark. to improve their season record to 11-7.

The Patriots also competed in the Holiday Classic. They lost to Washington and then beat both TIL and Lee-Marianna to up their record to 10-5.

Kim Shaw scored 67 points in three days for the Lady Patriots, starting with a 30-point effort in a 78-54 win over Washington School on Monday, Dec. 27.

Shaw was 11 of 12 from the free throw line in the 24-point win.

Others in double figures for Marshall were Wynne Boatwright with 13 and Chelsea Faulkenbery with 12.

The Marshall girls were on top 42-33 at the half and then outscored the Lady Generals 20-10 in the third quarter to secure the win.

Shaw gunned in 21 points on day two of the Lee Holiday Classic as the Lady Patriots turned back Tunica 43-30.

Marshall couldn’t pull away until the fourth quarter, when it outscored TIL 14-6.

Faulkenbery added eight points.

The Lady Patriots closed the three-day event with a 66-43 rout of Lee-Marianna on Wednesday of last week.

Shaw and Boatwright were the top scorers with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Shaw hit four three-point shots.

Marshall had a commanding 37-21 lead at halftime.

“We played some good basketball,” said assistant coach Christopher Hedglin. “It was a good way to return from the holiday break.”

The Marshall Academy boys started cold against Washington School and went on to drop a 71-52 decision. The Generals are ranked fifth in the state in Academy AAA by The Clarion-Ledger.

The Patriots did not score in the first quarter, trailing 13-0, but then sliced the deficit to 22-19 at the half. They were down 48-32 after three periods before losing by 19 points.

Scoring 11 points each for the Patriots were Will Forester, Robby Autry and John David Sanders. Forester also had seven assists and six steals. Autry led in rebounds with seven.

On Tuesday of last week in the Lee Holiday Classic, the Patriots rallied from a 22-18 halftime deficit to defeat Tunica 48-43.

Marshall shot 46 percent from the field and 56 percent from the free-throw stripe in the victory.

Boyce Hollingsworth and Steven Gresham tossed in 12 points each. Forester added 11. Gresham also had eight rebounds.

The Patriots again found themselves behind at the half on Wednesday of last week against Lee-Marianna but bounced back for the 49-41 win.

Thomas Rodgers had a big game. He scored 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Autry also had 13 points. Thomas Carlisle and Gresham scored eight each.

Marshall was 11 of 18 or 61 percent from the free throw line.

The Lady Patriots and Patriots were scheduled to invade Rossville, Tenn., on Monday of this week. On Tuesday the girls hosted Immaculate Conception.

Wednesday through Friday, the varsity teams will compete in the Magnolia Heights School Classic at Senatobia. Both the Lady Patriots and Patriots open tourney play Thursday night against DeSoto at 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., respectively. With a win, the Lady Patriots will play Magnolia Heights Friday at 7 p.m. in the semi-finals. With a win, the Patriots will face the Delta versus Memphis Home Education Association (MHEA) winner Friday at 5:45 in the semi-finals.

The consolation and championship games will start at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Others schools in the tournament are Delta, Marvell and Strider.

Next Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Lady Patriots and Patriots host Carroll Academy in district competition.


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