Thursday, January 20, 2005

Marshall teams win three

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

It was a perfect week for the Marshall Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots.

They knocked off Carroll Academy, Tunica Institute of Learning and Bayou Academy, all at home, for a 3-0 week on the basketball court.

Robby Autry had a season-high 30 points, all on three-pointers, as the Patriots blasted district opponent Carroll 89-61 on Tuesday night of last week. He was 10 of 16 from beyond the three-point stripe.

Marshall outscored the visitors 21-7 in the first period and never looked back.

“We started the game aggressively and with a high level of energy and won the game in the first quarter,” said assistant coach Ron Asplund.

Others contributing double-digit scoring were John David Sanders with 14 and Thomas Carlisle with 10. Bo Bonds added eight.

Jacob Asplund and Thomas Rodgers led the board work with eight rebounds each, while Asplund and Will Forester dished out eight assists each.

The Patriot offense remained in high gear Thursday night when Tunica came to town. They bombed the visitors 65-32.

“Our two earlier wins over Tunica were by nine and five points,” Coach Asplund said. “Tunica came in holding its opponents to under 50 points.”

Autry again had the hot hand. He scored a team-best 17 points. Boyce Hollingsworth followed with 13, while Forester scored 10, and Carlisle and Sanders added nine and eight, respectively.

Top rebounders were Rodgers and Hollingsworth with eight and seven, respectively.

The Patriots then improved to 15-7 overall and 6-1 in district play with a convincing 84-68 victory over Bayou on Saturday afternoon.

“The guys have all taken their game to a higher level,” Asplund said. “John David Sanders, Robby Autry and Boyce Hollingsworth are giving us great outside shooting. Will Forester is getting the ball to the right people. Thomas Carlisle, Thomas Rodgers and Steven Gresham are dominating inside, and Jacob Asplund is aggressively driving to the basket and playing solid defense.”

Autry wrapped up his blistering week with a 21-point performance which included five three-pointers. Hollingsworth was close behind with 16 points, which included four three-pointers. Sanders hit five three-pointers on a 15-point night.

Marshall Academy was 14 of 30 from beyond the three-point line. They shot 52 percent (30 of 57) from the field.

Forester added nine points, and Steven Gresham scored eight. Rodgers was again strong on the boards with a team-best seven rebounds.

Varsity Girls

Senior Amy Harris poured in 17 points in Marshall’s 53-34 victory at home Tuesday night, Jan. 11, over Carroll Academy. She was 11 of 12 free throw line.

Kim Shaw, who sprained her ankle and had to leave the game, scored 10 points. She missed the rest of the week’s action due to the injury. Chelsea Faulkenbery scored eight.

The Lady Patriots surged ahead of Carroll 18-4 after one period and never looked back.

The Marshall girls continued to dominate on Thursday night. They routed Tunica 46-26.

The Lady Patriots led 25-15 at the half and pulled away in the fourth period when they outscored Tunica 13-5.

Harris and Wynne Boatwright led the team in scoring with nine each. Faulkenbery added eight.

Lindsay Taylor blistered the nets with 20 points, including three three-pointers, and Harris hit the game-winner as Marshall slipped past Bayou 48-47 Saturday.

The Lady Colts went ahead by one point with about 12 seconds left. Then Harris sank a short shot with three seconds left to snatch the victory.

Marshall trailed 30-26 at the halftime break but rallied in the second half.

“It was an exciting week – particularly the Bayou win,” said assistant coach Christopher Hedglin. “It kept us where we need to be in the conference. We’re proud of the girls.”

The Lady Patriots improved to 17-9 overall and 4-3 in the district.

Junior Varsity Girls

The junior varsity girls also enjoyed a three-win week.

Traci Rodger’s 22 points led the way in a 48-39 win over Carroll.

The Lady Patriots then blasted Tunica 53-19. Rodgers and Allie Kriss gunned in 18 and 11 points, respectively.

The JV team finished the week with a 55-43 victory over Bayou and improved to 23-2 on the season.

Junior Varsity Boys

The junior varsity boys got one scare last week but remained unbeaten at 18-0 overall and 7-0 in district play.

Brent Adams’ 10 points led the way Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 11, as Marshall routed Carroll Academy 55-34. Eleven Patriots scored in the 21-point victory.

Balanced scoring continued Thursday as eight Patriots scored in a 47-30 win over Tunica.

Hitting for double digits were Spenser Autry with 13 points and Adams with 12.

Saturday at home, the junior varsity boys enjoyed a 37-24 lead after three quarters but had to hold off a scrappy Bayou team.

Kyle Young hit the winning basket at the buzzer off a pass from teammate Tyler Sanders.

Young led the team in scoring with 13, and Sanders followed with 12.

“The JV boys are having a great season but each game is getting tougher to keep the unbeaten streak alive,” Coach Asplund said.

The Marshall teams hosted North Delta Tuesday. They then visit Kirk Academy at Grenada on Thursday night before returning home to host Lee Academy on Friday and Indianola Academy on Saturday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 25, they welcome Magnolia Heights to the MA campus in Holly Springs.


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