Thursday, November, 17, 2005

MA teams win four of six at tourney

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

It was a busy week on the court for Marshall Academy basketball teams, wrapping up with two wins each in three tries at the West Memphis Tournament.

Varsity Boys

The Patriots got a victory Monday, Nov. 7, for head coach Craig Dailey in his debut at Marshall, 61-57 over Memphis-Area Home Education Association.

MA was up 35-24 at the half but had to fight off a fourth-quarter rally by MHEA.

John David Sanders was red hot. He was eight of 10 from beyond the three-point stripe for a game-high 24 points. John Greer and Will Forester added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

“We held on,” Dailey said. “I was proud of the way the guys responded. It was a good early season win.”

The next night, Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Marshall boys had no trouble with Westminster School. They won 58-14 and improved to 2-0.

“It was good to get everyone playing time,” Dailey said. “They all played well.”

Greer’s 13 points led the way. Will Forester added nine. Eleven Patriots scored.

The Patriots opened play in the West Memphis Tournament Thursday by blasting MHEA 52-34.

Three players scored in double digits - Greer with 18 and J.D. Sanders and Forester with 10 each.

MA took a commanding 30-12 lead at the half.

Dailey praised the defensive effort of Tyler Sanders, who held Derrick Labarre of MHEA scoreless in the first half.

“John (Greer) established himself early in the paint, and they really had no answer,” Coach Dailey said. “J.D. (Sanders) and Will (Forester) made solid offensive contributions. It felt good to jump out early on a team this good.”

On Friday, the Patriots coasted to another win over Westminster, this one 75-36, in the tournament.

It was 34-11 at the halftime recess.

Thomas Rodgers took top scoring honors with 16. Greer and Forester followed with 12 and 11, respectively.

“Almost all our players scored, and everyone got a lot of playing time,” Dailey said.

Marshall then collided with host West Memphis Saturday night for the tournament title and dropped a 54-37 decision, its first loss of the year to go to 4-1.

Leading the Black Knights were Latony Sims and Bryan Watkins with 13 and 11, respectively.

“Sims and Watkins are exceptional athletes,” Dailey said. “Their speed offensively and defensively gave us fits.”

J. D. Sanders’ 11 points led MA.

Greer picked up a second foul early in the first quarter.

“That really compounded our already evident problems scoring,” Dailey said.

The Patriots trailed 29-15 at the half.

“I thought we defended well enough early to be in it,” he said. “The pace of the game was ours. We just couldn’t score.

“Defense is the key to our ability to reach our goals this year, but you are not going to shut anyone out. You have to put the ball in the bucket.”

Greer and J.D. Sanders made the all tournament squad.

Varsity Girls

The Lady Patriots started a four-win week, a 57-33 home victory over Lee, Ark., on Monday, Nov. 7.

Chelsea Faulkenbery poured in 15 points and added eight steals and six assists. Kim Shaw followed with 14 points and seven rebounds. Lindsay Taylor had nine points.

MA, which led 25-15 at the half, converted 20 of 33 free throw tries (61 percent) in the win.

Four players scored in double figures the next evening as the Lady Patriots routed Westminster 69-29 at home.

Marshall was on top 39-10 at the half.

Leading the offense was Sam Cody with 16 points. Shaw followed with 14. Scoring 10 points each were Taylor and Brittany Tomlinson. Allie Kriss dished out six assists. Christa Clarkson had 10 rebounds.

MA again shot 60 percent from the charity stripe (12 of 20).

Shaw shot 50 percent from the field and gunned in 25 points in the Lady Patriots’ first game in the West Memphis Tournament, but it wasn’t enough. They lost 68-39.

MA trailed MHEA 37-15 at the halftime break and 49-33 after three periods.

Shaw and Taylor led the board work with eight rebounds each.

The Marshall girls bounced back well on Friday night. They coasted to a 61-17 victory over Westminster.

The game was basically over at the half. MA led 39-6.

The Lady Patriots shot 45 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line.

Shaw lit up the scoreboard with 18 points, and she had eight rebounds. Faulkenbery scored 14, and Cody added nine. Eight MA players scored.

It was nip-and-tuck throughout Saturday night against the host team, West Memphis Christian, with the Marshall girls pulling out a nail-biter, 52-50.

In the fourth, with 10 seconds to go, WMC tied the game at 50. Shaw was fouled with 1.7 seconds to go and went to the line for a one and one. She hit both, with the home crowd screaming.

Taylor then ended the game by stealing the in-bounds pass.

Three players hit for double digits – Faulkenbery with 19, Shaw with 13 and Kriss with 11. Shaw also had nine rebounds.

Free-throw shooting was a big key to victory. MA was 22 of 29 from the line (76 percent).

The game was knotted at 26 at the halftime recess.

“Coach (Keith) Taylor and I were very proud of how the girls never gave up throughout the game, especially when they were down by nine in the third quarter,” said assistant coach Ron Asplund. “This was a total team effort.”

The Lady Patriots improved to 10-3 overall and finished second in the tourney, behind MHEA.

Shaw and Faulkenbery were named to the all-tournament team.

Schedule

Marshall teams hosted Magnolia Heights on Monday. They then host Tunica Institute of Learning Friday and West Memphis Saturday.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, the varsity girls and boys only play afternoon games (1 p.m) at the FedEx Forum against Marvell and Prairie View, respectively.


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