Thursday, January 19, 2006

MA sweeps Carroll, falls to AAA powers

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Marshall Academy’s basketball week included facing two of the state’s biggest private schools, plus a pair of division contests. The boys went 2-2 and the girls 1-3.

Patriots

MA opened the busy week at home by dominating Carroll, 62-32, on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The outcome was never in doubt. The Patriots led 29-6 after one quarter.

John David Sanders and Will Forester led the offense with 14 points each. Thomas Rodgers and Joshua Asplund had seven each. Ten Patriots scored.

“Josh (Asplund), Bo (Bonds) and Marquez (Miller) all played well and will be vital to our success next year for sure and have a chance to provide us with quality minutes off the bench as we venture into our second season (the playoffs),” Dailey said.

MA next faced the number one and number two ranked teams in Class AAA, Madison Ridgeland Academy and Jackson Academy, on a trip to Mississippi College’s Choctaw Classic Thursday and Friday.

The Patriots trailed MRA 30-17 at the half before falling 60-40.

“They (MRA) looked impressive on paper, on film and just as much in person,” Dailey said. “They are simply the best I’ve seen in my 14 years in the MPSA (Mississippi Private School Association).

Rodgers was Marshall’s top point man with 14. J.D. Sanders added 11.

“Marshall Academy basketball will not run from anyone anymore, and the boys didn’t,” Dailey said. “They battled. The Patriots from Madison County knew they were in a war with our Patriots from Marshall County. We can build on that for this year, but more importantly for the future.”

Friday, Marshall was down 27-14 at the half to JA before losing 53-30.

“JA was extremely good, too,” Dailey said. “They were so deep.

“The boys and I would love another shot at either one of these teams, most of all because it would be in Overall.”

J.D. Sanders cored 12 points in the loss to JA. Forester added seven.

“I am very excited about the play of Brent Adams in particular,” Dailey said. “He played above his years in these two days. Thomas (Rodgers) let them both (MRA and JA) know we were there. J.D. (Sanders) shot well versus their pressure and stepped up the other areas of his game to match their skills. Will (Forester) and Tyler (Sanders) both handled their pressure well.”

Saturday, the Patriots returned to district competition with a trip to Cleveland to face Bayou. They came home with an easy 65-39 win and improved to 21-7 overall and 5-0 in the district.

MA was up 16-13 after one quarter, 31-20 at the half and 52-31 following three quarters.

J.D. Sanders and Rodgers scored 14 each. Greer had 10 and Adams eight.

“J.D. (Sanders), Thomas (Rodgers) and John (Greer) all played well offensively,” Dailey said. “You could tell their games had been heightened from the two days at Mississippi College.

“Brent (Adams) and Tyler (Sanders) continued to improve. They are no longer sophomores.”

Point guard Forester added seven points under tough circumstances.

“Will (Forester) led us as he has all year, but tonight he did it with a heavy heart as his sister (Ashley) was involved in a wreck near game time,” Dailey said.

“Ashley and their entire family are in our prayers. They mean a tremendous amount to us. We wish Ashley a speedy recovery.”

Lady Patriots

Kim Shaw’s double-double highlighted the Lady Patriots’ 52-44 district victory over Carroll.

Shaw scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Chelsea Faulkenbery was close behind in the scoring column with 17 points, and Lindsay Taylor had 11.

The MA girls were up 29-20 at halftime.

The Lady Patriots then went to battle against the same two AAA powers, MRA and JA, at Mississippi College Thursday and Friday.

Marshall lost 62-36 to MRA, a team that had beaten number one Jackson Prep a few days earlier.

“We were out-manned and out-talented,” said Keith Taylor, coach of the Lady Patriots.

Shaw had 14 of MA’s 36 points. Faulkenbery led in rebounds with eight. Seven of nine Lady Patriots scored.

The Lady Patriots then dropped a 55-36 decision to JA on Friday.

“Against JA I thought we played well,” Taylor said. “We were eight and 10 down most of the way. We held our own.”

Taylor was the top gun with 15 points, including three threes. She also pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

Saturday, the Lady Patriots hit the road again, this time to Bayou and lost 65-52 to the Lady Colts, the district favorites.

“They’re the best team in our district and playing there in a hostile environment was tough,” Taylor said. “Maybe it was a little too much after the two days before (against two AAA teams).

“All in all, I’m proud of them for the way they performed for the three days under the circumstances.

“I think we’re playing our best basketball of the year. We’re getting contributions from our non-starters, too.”

He complimented the contributions of Allie Kriss, Brittney Tomlinson, Heather Tomlinson and Jessica Taylor.

Schedule

Marshall teams hosted North Delta Tuesday. They go to Kirk Thursday and then return to Holly Springs for homecoming versus Lee Academy Friday. On Saturday, they hit the road to Indianola. Next Tuesday, Jan. 24, MA squads visit Magnolia Heights.


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