Thursday, November 16, 2006
MA boys open 2-1
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots, with the completion of football season, joined the Lady Patriots on the hardwood last week and opened the season at 2-1. The girls also had a 2-1 week, moving their record to 10-1 overall.
Marshall vs. Westminster
Both teams had no trouble with Westminster on Tuesday night, Nov. 7, at home. The girls won 38-22 and the boys 63-21.
Traci Rodgers and Candice Clarkson tossed in 10 points each in the Lady Patriots’ 16-point win.
The MA girls stormed to a 23-5 halftime advantage.
“This was a chance to get everyone some playing time,” coach Craig Dailey said. “My B-team players really work hard in practice and have tremendous heart. Games like this are a reward to them, and they truly earn it.”
Spenser Autry, Justin McMullen, Liautaud Prophete and Seth Milliorn all scored in double digits as the Patriots beat Westminster by 47 points. Autry, McMullen and Prophete had 11 each. Milliorn added 10. Ten Patriots scored.
Marshall was on top 26-2 after one quarter and 39-5 at the half.
“This was a good first game where we could get everyone some action,” Coach Dailey said.
Marshall vs. Marvell.
Kim Shaw’s scoring show sparked the Lady Patriots to a 55-44 road victory Thursday night at Marvell, Ark. She gunned in 26 points.
“Kim had a huge game,” Dailey said. “When she or Traci (Rodgers) is on like this, we are tough to beat.”
Rodgers added 16 points for MA, which led 30-22 at the half and then outscored the Lady Eagles 16-9 in the third.
“Beating Marvell on their home floor handily, and especially for our third win versus them, was big,” he said.
The Patriots were a bit rusty in the early going at Marvell but got things in gear and rolled to the easy 81-30 victory.
MA was up 11-6 after one quarter and increased the margin to 28-13 at the half. The visitors then outscored the home team 53-17 in the second half.
Four players hit for double digits – Autry with 18, McMullen with 12, and Joshua Asplund and Milliorn with 11 each. Ten Patriots scored.
“This was a weird game,” Dailey said. “We struggled to score in the first half, and then we exploded. Anytime you can have four players in double digits, that is good.”
Marshall vs. MRA
Class 2A Marshall teams drove about three hours south on the interstate Saturday to challenge Class 3A power Madison Ridgeland Academy.
MA trailed by 10 at the half before dropping a 60-40 decision to MRA, also named the Patriots.
Brandon Bolen was the difference for the home team, ranked second in the state. He gunned in 30 points.
“It’s not hard to see why he was the Mississippi Private School Association MVP last year, and after this game, he has my vote,” Dailey said. “He absolutely destroyed us by himself.”
For Marshall, Tyler Sanders was the only player in double figures. He scored 10.
Autry suffered a shoulder injury in the contest.
“Losing (Spenser) Autry early in the game hurt us,” Dailey said. “Hopefully he will be back in a couple of weeks.
“This game showed us what we need to work on. We don’t have to beat them to win state. We just have to learn to compete.”
The MA girls also stayed close for a half. They were down 20-13 at the break before losing 58-35. MRA, the top-ranked team in the state, outscored Marshall 38-22 in the second half.
“They are very good,” Dailey said. “They only way to learn to be the best is to play the best, and they are the best. We definitely were ‘deer in the headlights’ for a time, but we responded and competed. We got to see what we have to do to take our program to the next level.”
Rodgers and Shaw had 15 points each for MA in the road loss.
Leading MRA were Moe Bell, a Delta State signee, and Clancy Piazza, both with 17 points.
The Lady Patriots play in the West Memphis Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They face Faith Heritage Thursday at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) Friday at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and West Memphis Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Next Monday, Nov. 20, they will play in the Fed-Ex Forum in downtown Memphis. The girls play Immaculate Conception at 1 p.m. and the boys meet Heritage at 2:30.
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