Thursday, February 17, 2005

Leake eliminates MA girls

A successful basketball season came to an end for the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots last week in the first round of the North AA Tournament.

“I thought we had a real productive season,” said head coach Tommy Gunn, whose team finished 22-15. “I feel good about the state of our program. We’re headed in the right direction. We’re not there yet, but we made a lot of progress this season.”

The Lady Patriots were eliminated from the tournament 78-58 by Leake Academy, ranked second in the state in Academy AA with only two losses on the season.

Marshall, the tournament host, fell behind 28-10 after one period, then trailed 46-27 at the half and 66-36 following three quarters.

All eight Lady Patriots scored in the game on Wednesday of last week. Leading the offense were Amy Harris and Kim Shaw with 11 points each and Lindsay Taylor with 10. Wynne Boatwright, Chelsea Faulkenbery and Sam Cody scored seven each, while Tiffany Thomas added four and Jessica Terrell had one.

Coach Gunn praised his two seniors, Harris and Thomas, for their leadership.

“They’re two fine young people, and they will be missed,” he said.

“We have a good group coming back. We will be a young team again with no seniors next year, but we will have some experience.

“I think these girls learned how to compete and play hard for four quarters.”

Top scorers for Leake in the 20-point win were Allison Phillips with 19, Caroline Dees with 14 and Greggina Tedlock with 13. Eleven players scored.

The Lady Rebels went on to win the championship trophy, and they will be the top seed from the North in this week’s State Tournament at Brookhaven.

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