Thursday, November 24, 2005

MA boys beat Magnolia Heights


The highlight of the basketball week for Marshall Academy was the Patriots’ 21-point win on Monday, Nov. 14, at home against bigger school and rival Magnolia Heights.

John David Sanders scorched the nets for 26 points, most coming from beyond the three-point stripe. Coach Craig Dailey’s team won 59-38.

“The kids bounced back after the West Memphis massacre (a 54-37 loss on Nov. 12),” Dailey said.

MA erupted for an early 17-0 lead and was up 17-3 after one period.

“That defensive stand to start the game was a sign of where we can be by February,” he said.

Then in the second quarter, the Chiefs outscored the Patriots 21-3 to take a 24-20 halftime lead.

“That second quarter showed where we still are,” Dailey said.

But the Patriots came out with fire in their eyes to open the second half. They went on a 24-5 run in the third to put the game away.

“We burst it back open in the second half,” Dailey said. “We’re working hard. I think we will get there, to where we want to be.”

Thomas Rodgers had 14 points for MA. Will Forester scored nine.

The Marshall boys then knocked off Tunica Institute of Learning 52-25 Friday at home.

They outscored T.I.L. 21-8 in the second period.

“Everyone played well,” Dailey said. “The second bunch gave us some quality minutes, and that’s a big thing to me.”

John Greer was the top gun with 20 points. J.D. Sanders followed with 16.

Then Saturday night at home, MA got another shot at West Memphis, but lost by 14 points, 68-54.

“West Memphis is solid - very athletic,” Dailey said. “Their strengths go to our weaknesses.”

J.D. Sanders fired in 22 points. Rodgers added 15.

MA trailed by only two, 27-25, at the half.

“We competed, but a few mental lapses cost us,” he said.

“We have to get better. It’s not ability; it’s just reactions and making the right decisions.

“I have confidence in these young men to do whatever it takes to accomplish our goals.”

Lady Patriots
Marshall’s girls got 18 points each from Kim Shaw and Chelsea Faulkenbery against Magnolia Heights but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Lady Patriots lost 75-53 to the AAA Lady Chiefs.

MA trailed by 12, 37-25, at the halftime break but got outscored 26-13 in the third period.

Shaw also had eight rebounds. Faulkenbery was six of nine from the free-throw line.

The Lady Patriots then had an easy time with Tunica on Friday night at home. They rolled to a 55-15 victory.

It was 34-9 at the half.

Brittney Tomlinson led the way with 13 points and five steals. Lindsay Taylor followed with 12 points, and Shaw scored 11. Jessica Taylor pulled down eight rebounds.

Saturday night proved to be a heartbreaker. West Memphis hit two free throws with just a couple of seconds left on the clock to beat the MA girls 53-51.

Shaw poured in 22 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Faulkenbery added 12 points.

Marshall led 27-22 at the half and 38-36 after three periods but couldn’t hang on.

The Lady Patriots, who saw their record go to 11-5, was 20 of 33 from the free throw line.

The Lady Patriots had beaten West Memphis on the Lady Knights’ home floor 52-50 just one week earlier.


Marshall Academy teams play at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on Tuesday of this week at 1 p.m. (girls versus Marvell) and 2:30 p.m. (boys versus Prairie View). Next Tuesday, Nov. 29, they travel to Westminster School.

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