Thursday, November 2, 2006
Lady Patriots take first in North Delta tourney
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots dominated the North Delta Girls Tournament last week to open the season with a first-place trophy.
Kim Shaw and Traci Rodgers poured in 16 points each in the Lady Patriots’ first game of the tournament as they turned back Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) 58-39.
Marshall was in charge, 30-15, at the half before winning by 19 points.
Candice Clarkson was also in double digits for MA with 10. Three other Lady Patriots scored.
“This type of balanced scoring is what we’re capable of, but the test will be can we maintain this against the Prep and JAs of the world,” coach Craig Dailey said. “Defensively, we are steadily improving.”
He complimented Chelsea Faulkenbery’s defense.
The Lady Patriots’ tightest game of the tournament came in round two – a 41-31 victory over Marvell, Ark.
“I told the girls going in that Marvell would be a solid defensive team,” Dailey said. “I thought we matched their defensive intensity, especially in the second half.”
He praised Hannah Cook for the “defensive spark” she gave the team.
Rodgers and Shaw were the top scorers with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
MA led 21-16 at halftime.
Rodgers was on fire in the semi-finals. She lit up the scoreboard with 37 points in a 54-33 win over rival Delta, Dailey’s former school.
“Well, Traci outscored Delta,” he said. “I’ve only had that happen a couple of other times in my program.”
Shaw added 14 points.
“Defensively, we really stifled a solid basketball team,” he said. “Chelsea (Faulkenbery) in particular had a huge defensive game.
“Being able to beat a program with their tradition is great for our program, and of course, personally, it feels good as well.”
The championship contest, due to the way the bracket was aligned, turned into a “ho-hum” sort of game with MA routing Lee (Ark.) 40-18.
“The Lee Marianna girls played hard,” Dailey said. “They just had a tough time scoring.
“It was good to get everyone a lot of playing time, and it’s always fun to win a championship regardless of the venue.”
Eight Lady Patriots scored. Rodgers led the way with 12 and Faulkenbery was close behind with nine.
“I really like this team,” Dailey said. “We have all the tools. We just have to work out some kinks.”
Junior High Lady Patriots
The younger Lady Patriots also brought home a championship from the North Delta Tournament.
They knocked off MHEA 33-15, beat Marvell 31-20, defeated Delta 36-22 and slipped past Strider 21-18.
Emily Burk and Callie Clanton had seven points each against MHEA. Burk led the way with 13 points versus Marvell. Burk poured in 16 and Kelsey Shaw nine versus Delta, a game in which Marshall jumped out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead.
Burk then tossed in 11 points in the finals versus Strider., including a huge three-pointer to give the Lady Patriots their first lead with 1:30 remaining.
“I’m really proud of how the girls responded, training all night, but finding a way to win,” Dailey said. “The junior girls need these type games to learn what championship caliber basketball is all about.”
Marshall is hosting the Lady Patriots’ Shootout (junior high and varsity) this week. Competition begins Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Lady Patriots and Patriots host Westminster Academy, with games starting at 4 p.m.
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