Thursday, January 26, 2006

Marshall teams win six of eight

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

It was a week filled with district foes for Marshall Academy basketball teams, and the Lady Patriots and Patriots each won three of four.

The Lady Patriots went to 20-15 overall and 6-4 in the district. The Patriots moved to 24-8 overall and 9-1 in district play.

They host the district tournament February 1-4.

Lady Patriots

Coach Keith Taylor’s Marshall varsity girls opened the busy week with a 63-32 trouncing of North Delta on Tuesday night, Jan. 17.

Brittney Tomlinson turned in her best offensive performance of the season. She poured in 21 points, including four threes.

Others in double digits were Chelsea Faulkenbery and Lindsay Taylor with 13 each.

Top rebounder was Jessica Taylor with 11. Nealy Jones had seven rebounds.

The Lady Patriots pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring North Delta 25-3 for a commanding 51-23 advantage heading to the fourth.

Thursday night at Kirk, Kim Shaw scored more than half of her team’s points as the Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Raiders 43-36. Shaw hit for 23 and added nine rebounds.

Faulkenbery followed with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Lindsay Taylor scored nine and had seven boards.

MA trailed 8-5 after one quarter but led 22-14 at the half and 27-26 following three quarters.

The Lady Patriots rallied from a first half deficit to beat Lee (Clarksdale) 53-47 Friday night at home.

Marshall was down 15-9 after one quarter and 23-21 at the half. The game was knotted at 36 following three quarters.

Shaw carried the load. She scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had eight steals.

Allie Kriss added nine points and six steals, and Taylor scored eight.

For the second game in a row, the Lady Patriots shot just 50 percent from the free throw line, 14 of 28 versus Kirk and 15 of 30 against Lee.

The only loss of the week came Saturday at Indianola. The Lady Patriots fell 64-29.

Shaw’s 11 points led MA’s offensive effort. Taylor had seven points and a team-best seven rebounds.

The Lady Patriots hit just seven of 45 shots from the field and committed 19 turnovers.

Patriots

Coach Craig Dailey’s Marshall varsity boys had no trouble with North Delta on Tuesday of last week at home. They led 32-6 at the half en route to a 63-26 victory.

John Greer and Will Forester scored 14 each. Thirteen Patriots scored.

“Everyone got a lot of minutes, and the highlight of the night was Cody (Anglin) draining a three-pointer,” Dailey said. “This is a fine group of young men to work with.”

The Patriots came out of the starting gate with some strong defense Thursday night at Kirk, holding the Raiders to just three points in the first quarter. They went up 17-3 and coasted to the 67-42 win.

“Kirk had been playing well, and we expected it to be close,” Dailey said. “That first quarter defensive stand really set us up for one of our better all-around games.”

Thomas Rodgers was the top gun. He scored 27. John David Sanders added 17, and Tyler Sanders nine.

“Thomas (Rodgers) was unguardable,” Dailey said. “He went through their defense for a huge night.”

Lee came to Holly Springs Friday night for a big district contest and slowed the game down. It went to overtime tied at 30 and the Colts escaped town with a 38-34 win.

“Coach (Robert) Daniels had a great game plan,” Dailey said. “The made it very tough for us to score much by using their weave with Jesse Spinks (Lee’s star player).

“Spinks is dangerous enough in a regular game, but he is double trouble in a low-scoring affair like this one.”

Spinks scored 19 for Lee, including a huge three in overtime. Plus, he sank five of seven three throw tries in the fourth period and overtime.

Poor free throw shooting cost the Patriots. They had chances to take the victory in regulation.

“We had several opportunities to win it, but just couldn’t make the play, especially our free throws.

“It was a well played game by both teams.”

Forester and Rodgers were the leading scores for Marshall with 11 and 10, respectively.

He praised sophomore Tyler Sanders for his defensive work on Spinks.

The MA boys then bounced back from the tough loss to Lee on Saturday and claimed a 48-40 win on the road at Indianola.

“For all intent and purpose, we wrapped up the number one spot going into the district tournament,” Dailey said. “All we have do now is split with Lee (Wednesday of this week) and Carroll (Friday).”

Marshall held IA to just three points in the first quarter, going up 11-3.

Against Indianola, Dailey said Rodgers dominated again inside, and John David Sanders hit two huge threes late “as our free throw woes hit again.”

J.D. Sanders sparked the offense with 17 points, 15 of those coming on five threes. Forester had nine, and Rodgers and T. Sanders with each.

He said Brent Adams provided “huge minutes” on the 6’9” post player from IA, plus John (Greer), Tyler (Sanders) and Will (Forester) all “played extremely steady” in both games (versus Lee and Indianola).”

Schedule

MA traveled to Magnolia Heights on Tuesday of this week and Lee (Clarksdale) on Wednesday. They wrap up regular season and district play with a trip to Carroll on Thursday.

The varsity Patriots and Lady Patriots host the District 1-AA Tournament February 1-4.

“Everyone come out to MA for a ton of basketball over the next week and a half with the junior high (Jan. 28-31) and high school district tournaments,” Dailey said. “It is playoff time. This is what all of our hard work has been about.”


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