Thursday, December 8, 2005

Marshall Academy teams enjoy 6-0 week

Sports Editor

Marshall Academy basketball teams had an easy time on the road last week.

The Patriots and Lady Patriots went a combined 6-0 with dominating victories over Westminster School, North Delta School and Tunica Institute of Learning. The boys improved to 10-2 and the girls 14-6.

MA boys

Nine Patriots scored in a 56-39 rout of Westminster on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Memphis, Tenn.

“This was a good opportunity to get everyone some playing time,” said Craig Dailey, head coach of the MA boys.

Marshall led 33-16 at the halftime break.

John Greer and John David Sanders were the top point producers with 10 each.

MA teams opened district play Friday night in Batesville against North Delta and left town with a 59-34 victory.

Greer was the leader on offense with 21 points. Thomas Rodgers and Will Forester contributed eight each. Again, nine Patriots scored.

“It was good to get our first district win, especially on the road,” Dailey said.

Marshall was in command, 30-10, at the half.

“Our defense is really coming into its own,” Dailey said. “The three district games next week (Kirk, Indianola and Bayou) will show how we stack up against the better teams in our district.”

Saturday, the Patriots continued their winning ways with a 59-29 win at Tunica. They were up 37-8 at halftime.

Greer led the scoring with 24 points.

“John (Greer) has had two consecutive games where he has really established himself in the low post,” Coach Dailey said. “This is a big key for our success this year. If he can be this type of a player versus the better teams in AA, we could be well on our way toward playing for a banner.”

Bo Bonds added eight points, and once again, nine players scored.

“Will (Forester) demonstrated a lot of senior leadership at the guard position,” Dailey said. “Bo (Bonds), Brent (Adams) and Tyler (Sanders) parlayed some extra playing time into good evidence that they will be able to contribute for us off the bench and push for a starting spot as well.”

MA was slated to host Kirk Tuesday. The Raider program has been taken over by Gerald Austin, “one of the best all-time coaches in the MPSA,” Dailey said. He won three overall titles at Jackson Prep.

Friday, Marshall hosts Indianola, and Saturday they welcome Bayou to Holly Springs.

“Indianola comes in with their 6’9” post player and four new pickups, along with an excellent coach in Russell Cruise.

“Everyone come out and support us in these important district games,” urged Dailey.

MA girls

The Lady Patriots put Westminster away early on Tuesday of last week. They went up 15-2 after one quarter and 32-6 at the half before winning 53-10.

Three MA girls connected for double digits – Allie Kriss with 13, Samantha Cody with 12 and Lindsay Taylor with 12. Kriss also picked up five steals, while Shaw led in rebounds with five.

Chelsea Faulkenbery’s 18 points sparked the Marshall girls to an easy 52-23 road victory over North Delta Friday night. It was their first district contest of the season.

Kriss was also in double figures with 10.

The Lady Patriots, who were on top 30-12 at halftime, dominated the boards. Getting seven rebounds each were Faulkenbery, Cody, Brittney Tomlinson and Heather Tomlinson. B. Tomlinson also had seven steals.

MA was 11 of 18 (61 percent) from the free throw stripe.

Shaw was the top gun on Saturday at Tunica. She poured in 20 points as the Lady Patriots dominated T.I.L. 53-20.

B. Tomlinson followed with 10 points.

The Lady Patriots were up 28-11 at the halftime break.

Shaw grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and Kriss dished out five assists.

Coach Keith Taylor’s Lady Patriots, too, moved into some important district contests this week – versus Kirk, Indianola (Friday) and Bayou (Saturday).

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