Thursday, November 10, 2005

MA girls teams win four of five

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Marshall Academy varsity girls moved to 6-2 on the season last week by winning two of three games in the Magnolia Heights Shootout.

The junior high girls stayed unbeaten with two wins, including a big one over the host team.

Kim Shaw blistered the nets for 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the varsity Lady Patriots opened the shootout Wednesday with an easy 41-24 victory over West Memphis Christian.

Marshall trailed by one after the first quarter but outscored the Lady Knights 21-6 in the second quarter for a 27-13 halftime advantage.

Chelsea Faulkenbery dished out five assists in the victory, and she was the second leading rebounder with seven.

MA was just two of 12 from the free-throw stripe.

Coach Keith Taylor’s Lady Patriots returned to Senatobia Thursday afternoon and knocked off Lee (Ark.) 43-30.

Scoring in double figures were Faulkenbery with 11 points and Lindsay Taylor with 10. Brittany Tomlinson added eight.

Top rebounders were Christa Clarkson with eight, Kim Shaw with six and Jessica Taylor with five.

Saturday night’s matchup with Magnolia Heights, the state’s third ranked team in Mississippi Private School Association AAA, was the tale of two halves.

In the first half, the Lady Patriots were 11 for 28 from the field, with 19 rebounds and 10 assists.

In the second half, they were three of 26, with nine rebounds and no assists.

MA trailed by just six at the halftime recess before falling 56-38.

L. Taylor gunned in 14 points for Marshall. Shaw added 10 points and had five rebounds.

J. Taylor pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.

Faulkenbery had seven points, six assists and five rebounds.

The Lady Patriots again struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just three of 12 tries.

The junior high Lady Patriots dominated both opponents in the Magnolia Heights Shootout.

They opened Wednesday with a 48-27 win over West Memphis Christian. Traci Rodgers and Emily Burk were the top guns with 25 and 12 points, respectively.

MA was on top 27-9 at the half.

Rodgers again had the hot hand Saturday against Magnolia Heights. She scored 18 points in the 38-17 victory.

Shelby Taylor added eight and Burk had six.

The Lady Patriots led 23-4 at the halftime break.

“Traci (Rodgers) really exploded offensively last week,” coach Craig Dailey said. “Beating Magnolia Heights on their home floor was sweet, but should become common place with this group of girls.”

He said Burk and Taylor also remained steady on offense, while Casey Gibson, Kim Cunningham and Molly West “all came in off the bench and provided solid minutes.”

MA teams, including the boys, played Monday and Tuesday at home. The varsity boys and girls will compete in the West Memphis Tournament Thursday-Saturday of this week. Next Monday, Nov. 14, Marshall hosts Magnolia Heights. Games start at 3 p.m.


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