Thursday, January 27, 2005

Patriots, Lady Pats go 2-2 on court
By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

It was a busy week of basketball for Marshall Academy teams – four games in five days and all against district opponents.

The Lady Patriots and Patriots both went 2-2 versus North Delta, Kirk, Clarksdale Lee and Indianola.

The Marshall varsity girls survived a squeaker against North Delta, winning 49-47.

They were up 20-13 at the half and held on for the victory.

Amy Harris was the lone Lady Patriot in double figures with 17 points. Lindsay Taylor scored eight.

Robby Autry and Boyce Hollingsworth poured in 16 points each as the Marshall boys blasted North Delta 67-39 on Tuesday of last week at home.

Hollingsworth was four of five from beyond the three-point line. He also led the team in rebounding with nine.

The Patriots were red hot, going 24 of 45 from the field for a 53 percent shooting night. They also shot 80 percent (12 of 15) from the free-throw stripe.

Will Forester dished out eight assists for the Patriots, who led 31-16 at the half.

The Lady Patriots dropped a 38-35 decision Thursday night in Grenada against Kirk Academy.

No Marshall Academy players scored in double figures. Chelsea Faulkenbery led the way with eight points.

The Lady Patriots trailed 11-2 after one period. They also scored only two points in the third period.

A 26-point evening by John David Sanders at Kirk lifted the Patriots to a big 66-50 win. Sanders was eight of 15 (57 percent) from beyond the three-point stripe.

Thomas Carlisle added nine points and also pulled down six rebounds. Thomas Rodgers led in rebounding with eight. Forester had six assists.

Marshall built a 17-11 first-quarter advantage and upped its lead to 43-18 at the half.

Head coach Tommy Gunn saw his Lady Patriots dominated his former school Friday night at home. They beat Clarksdale Lee 63-28.

Marshall took charge in the first half, leading 28-9 at the intermission.

Faulkenbery blistered the nets with 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Tiffany Thomas with 12 and Harris and Wynne Boatwright with 11 each.

“We’re playing much better than we were playing earlier in the season,” said head coach Tommy Gunn. “I’m pleased with the way the team has responded since Kim’s (Shaw) injury. I believe we’re ready for the playoffs.”

He said Shaw is improving and should see some action this week.

The fired-up Marshall varsity boys almost pulled off the upset against Clarksdale Lee, which entered the game with a 20-0 record. The Lady Patriots came up short, 47-44.

“This was a hard-fought game between two good teams,” said assistant coach Ron Asplund. “Coach (Keith) Taylor and I would like to thank everyone who came to the game. It had to be the largest and loudest crowd of the year.”

Scoring in double digits for Marshall were Hollingsworth with 12 points and Autry with 10. Rodgers had a solid night, too, with nine points and 11 rebounds. Forester dished out six assists.

The Patriots shot just 25 percent (13 of 52) from the field. On the other hand, they were 12 of 17 (71 percent) from the free-throw line.

Both teams lost Saturday at home to Indianola Academy – the girls 44-36 and the boys 74-59.

The Lady Patriots went scoreless in the first quarter (trailing 7-0) and were down 22-9 at the half. They could into the deficit in the second half but couldn’t overtake the visitors.

Harris scored 13 points for the Lady Patriots, who fell to 19-11 overall and 6-5 in district play.

In the boys’ game, Indianola outscored Marshall 16-9 in the third quarter and went on to the 15-point victory.

“It was apparent from the second quarter on that four games in five days took its toll on our guys,” Asplund said.

Sanders was again hot from beyond the three-point stripe. He hit seven of 13 tries (54 percent) and scored a team-best 21 points. Hollingsworth was close behind with 16 points, and he led in rebounding with 16. Autry contributed nine points, and Forester had eight assists and four steals.

The Patriots, who saw their overall record go to 17-9 and their district mark go to 8-3, struggled on offense – hitting 20 of 58 shots for just 34.5 percent.

Marshall teams were slated to host Magnolia Heights Tuesday. They go to Carroll Academy on Thursday and then wrap up the regular season by hosting West Memphis Christian Friday, which will be Senior Night.

Junior Varsity

The Marshall Academy junior varsity girls continued their winning ways by dominating North Delta 40-10 at home on Tuesday of last week.

Traci Rodgers led the way with 12 points.

The easy wins continued Thursday at Kirk as the Lady Patriots earned the 44-23 victory.

Rodgers and Allie Kriss were the top scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Rodgers scored 17 and teammate Jessica Taylor poured in 14 as the junior varsity girls blasted Clarksdale Lee 50-30 at home on Friday.

The Lady Patriots outscored Lee 14-4 in the third period.

Three players scored in double figures as Marshall defeated Indianola 43-31 on Saturday at home and improved to 27-2 overall and 10-1 in the district.

Leading the offense were Rodgers with 15, Kriss with 14 and Nealy Jones with 10.

None of the four teams got close to the undefeated Marshall Academy junior varsity boys last week.

They opened the week with a 71-14 blowout of North Delta.

Fifteen Patriots scored in the game. Brent Adams and Josh Sharp led the way with eight apiece.

At Kirk Academy, Tyler Sanders and Kyle Young lit up the scoreboard with 16 and 14 points, respectively, as the Marshall junior varsity boys won 67-29.

The Patriots led 33-8 at the half.

The JV team pulled away from Clarksdale Lee in the second half. They were up 28-16 at the half and then dominated the second half for the 59-39 win.

Pacing the offensive attack were Adams with 14 and Sanders and Spenser Autry with 11 each. Autry also had 11 rebounds.

The Marshall junior varsity Patriots finished off the week with a 56-30 shellacking of Indianola.

Sanders and Adams scored 17 points each as the Patriots improved to 22-0 overall and 11-0 in district play.

The Junior Varsity District Tournament starts this Saturday, Jan. 29, at Bayou Academy. Both Marshall teams will receive a first-round bye and not play until the semi-finals on Monday, Jan. 31 – the girls at 3:30 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m. The championship games are at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 1.


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