Thursday, November 9, 2006
Lady Patriots beat two 3A teams
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots hosted their own basketball shootout last week and went 4-0, the closest win being a three-point, come-from-behind thriller over Oak Hill Saturday afternoon.
Class 2A Marshall pulled to within one point of the Class 3A Lady Raiders with 30 seconds left and then forced a 10-second call in the backcourt. Kim Shaw sank a shot to put the Lady Patriots up one with 14 ticks on the clock. She later hit two free throws to secure the 44-41 win.
“The 10-second call was huge, and then Kim made a clutch play,” coach Craig Dailey said. “Championship teams find a way to win.”
MA trailed 22-20 at the half.
“Oak Hill was huge and physical, and they absolutely whipped us on the offensive boards in the first quarter,” he said. “We emphasized our blockouts at halftime and improved the second half.”
Shaw and Chelsea Faulkenbery led the offense with 14 points each. Coach Dailey said Molly West, Regan Murphy and Heather Tomlinson contributed some solid minutes.
The win pushed the Lady Patriots to a perfect 8-0 to start the season.
Marshall tipped off the tournament Monday night of last week with a hard-fought 59-51 win over West Memphis.
Shaw carried the load. She gunned in 28 points.
“Kim had a huge night,” Dailey said. “They had no answer for her.”
Traci Rodgers and Candice Clarkson added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
“Traci and Candice paced us as well, as we just basically outscored West Memphis,” he said.
“Our defense is improving, but tonight shows we have more work to do. West Memphis will be the Class A state champion if they continue to improve.”
The Lady Patriots, in their next outing, outscored Marvell 18-5 in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night and pulled away for the 47-34 victory.
“It is always a defensive battle with Marvell, and we met the challenge in the fourth quarter,” Dailey said. “Traci (Rodgers) and Kim (Shaw) combined for 24 second half points to help us pull away.”
MA led by just one, 16-15, at halftime and the game was tied at 29 after three quarters.
Rodgers finished with 20 points and Shaw with 16.
The Lady Patriots shined on Thursday night of the tournament. The offense was clicking in a 55-40 victory over Class 3A Magnolia Heights.
“This was our best offensive game of the year,” Dailey said. “We looked very comfortable versus the zone as everyone contributed.”
Marshall took a commanding 31-20 halftime advantage.
Dailey praised Faulkenbery’s strong defense on Magnolia Heights’ Jenna Harris. Harris scored 20, but Dailey said, “Chelsea made her work for every point.”
“Magnolia Heights has a good team, and they’re well-coached,” he said. “This is a solid early season win.”
Junior high Lady Patriots
The Marshall Academy junior high girls saw their overall record go to 7-2 with three wins and two losses in the shootout.
The Lady Patriots lost to Marvell 28-25. Callie Clanton scored 13 points.
They then knocked off West Memphis 36-17 with Kelsey Shaw and Emily Burk tossing in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Next came a big 35-28 victory over Magnolia Heights. Burk and Shaw led the way with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“This was a huge win for our junior girls,” Dailey said. “It was a solid team effort.”
The Marshall junior high girls knocked off North Delta 21-15. Shaw topped the scoring with nine points.
On the last day of the tournament the Lady Patriots fell 41-22 to Oak Hill. Clanton’s six points led the scoring.
“We just fell apart versus their press,” Dailey said. “It showed us we’ve got some work to do.”
This week the boys join the basketball action with the conclusion of football season. The Patriots and Lady Patriots hosted Westminster Tuesday. They go to Marvell, Ark., Thursday. Saturday Marshall goes to Class 3A Madison Ridgeland Academy (MRA) to face the top-ranked MRA girls and the second-ranked MRA boys. Next Tuesday, Nov. 14, MA teams travel to Magnolia Heights.
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