Thursday, February 3, 2005

MA teams end regular season 21-12, 18-10

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Marshall Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots tuned up for the District 1-AA Tournament with three regular-season-ending games last week.

The Lady Patriots lost to Magnolia Heights and then downed Carroll and West Memphis. The Patriots’ lone win of the week was against Carroll.

The Marshall girls fell behind Magnolia Heights 14-3 early and went on to drop a 58-40 decision at home on Tuesday of last week.

Wynne Boatwright powered the Lady Patriot offense with 11 points. Chelsea Faulkenbery scored seven.

Kim Shaw, returning to the lineup from injury, tossed in 20 points as the Lady Patriots blasted Carroll 54-41 Thursday on the road. They wrapped up district play at 7-5, good enough for the fourth seed in this week’s tournament at Indianola Academy.

Fifteen of Shaw’s points came in the first quarter as Marshall built a 19-4 advantage.

Boatwright contributed 15 points in the 13-point victory.

Shaw hit the game-winning “three” with two seconds left Friday night as the Marshall Academy girls knocked off West Memphis 49-48 on Senior Night at the MA gym.

The game was tight throughout. Marshall, which upped its season record to 21-12, led 20-16 at the halftime break.

Faulkenbery had a team-high 11 points in the win. Amy Harris, Tiffany Thomas and Shaw had nine each.

The Marshall varsity boys fought hard against bigger school Magnolia Heights before losing 55-50.

The Patriots trailed 42-30 at the end of three periods, and a rally try in the fourth came up short.

Thomas Rodgers was the top gun with 17 points and also led on the boards with 10 rebounds. Boyce Hollingsworth followed with 11 points.

The Patriots then had no trouble Thursday night at Carroll. They routed the visitors 77-53.

Five Marshall players scored in double digits – led by John David Sanders with 15, all on three-point shots. Other top scorers were Thomas Carlisle with 12, Steven Gresham with 11 and Rodgers and Joe Cunningham with 10 each. Hollingsworth added nine.

Carlisle and Cunningham shared the rebounding lead with eight each, while Gresham pulled down seven.

The Patriots finished division play at 9-3. They will be the second seed in this week’s tournament at Indianola.

The Marshall Academy boys wrapped up the regular season with a 57-44 setback to visiting West Memphis Friday night.

The Patriots trailed 15-7 after one quarter and 26-20 at the half. They cut the deficit to 34-33 following three quarters but could not rally for the victory.

Sanders led the offense with 14 points, including four “threes.” Hollingsworth and Rodgers added 10 and nine points, respectively. Hollingsworth led the board work with six rebounds.

The Patriots, whose overall record went to 18-10, shot just 32 percent from the field and 36 percent from the free-throw stripe.

The two varsity teams open District Tournament competition on Wednesday of this week – the Patriots meeting seventh-seeded Carroll at 4:30 and the Lady Patriots facing fifth-seeded Bayou at 5:45. With wins, they will play Friday night in the semi-finals – the girls at 6:30 against top-seeded Indianola and the boys at 7:45 against eighter third-seeded Indianola or sixth-seeded Kirk.

The consolation games and finals are Saturday, at 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The top four teams from district move on to North State next week, which will be hosted by Marshall Academy.

Junior Varsity

The Marshall junior varsity boys wrapped up an undefeated regular season (24-0) last week with wins over Magnolia Heights and Carroll.

Tyler Sanders poured in 20 points as the Patriots clobbered the Chiefs 47-23. Brent Adams followed with 11.

The junior varsity Patriots then routed Carroll 51-27, with Adams’ 10-point night leading the atttack.

They finished 12-0 in the district and were the top seed in the tournament at Bayou Academy this week. The semi-finals and finals were slated for Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

The Marshall junior varsity girls lost one and won one last week and saw their impressive record go to 28-3 overall.

The Lady Patriots were outscored 20-6 in the fourth quarter by Magnolia Heights and lost 56-39.

Traci Rodgers scored 14 points for MA. Allie Kriss pitched in 12.

The junior varsity Lady Patriots got back on track Friday night as they turned back Carroll 45-36.

Brittney Tomlinson was the top point producer with 17. Rodgers followed with 15.

The Marshall team finished 11-1 in district play and was the top seed in this week’s district tournament at Bayou. The semi-finals were held Monday and the finals Tuesday.


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