Thursday, November 30, 2006
MA girls win tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots recently added some more gold to the school’s trophy case.
MA beat Faith Heritage, Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) and West Memphis November 16-18 to take first place in the West Memphis Christian Tournament.
The Lady Patriots opened the tournament with a “sleeper.” They downed Faith Heritage 50-14.
Ten players scored. Sam Cody led the way with 12. Traci Rodgers had nine.
MA was up 28-9 at the half.
“The bench played well,” coach Craig Dailey said. “I live for competitive situations, but I am glad to have the opportunity to give our substitutes some payback for all their hard work.”
It was the Kim Shaw show in round two of the tournament. She poured in 30 points as the Lady Patriots knocked off MHEA 52-44.
“Kim was in a zone,” Dailey said.
Rodgers, who he said “had a solid game,” added 18 points.
Marshall was on top 33-21 at halftime.
“We still have a lot of mental work to do to get where we want to be,” Dailey said. “We just have to learn that our defensive intensity can’t be turned on and off.”
The Lady Patriots then beat the host team, 48-33, in the title matchup. Shaw had another big night with 22 points. Cody added 11.
“We went on a 17-2 run to start the game and just ‘held serve’ after that,” Dailey said. “The 2 was the big part of that run.
“I am very proud of our team for this convincing win.”
He complimented the defense of Hannah Cook, Regan Murphy and Molly West. They combined to hold West Memphis’ two star players to a combined 21 points, Dailey said.
“Sam (Cody) rose to the challenge well, too, on both ends of the court,” he said.
The Marshall boys had little trouble with Faith and MHEA in the West Memphis Christian Tournament but then fell to the host squad in the championship contest.
Seth Milliorn’s 26-point performance lifted the Patriots to a 53-37 victory over Faith Heritage in round one. Liautaud Prophete scored 11.
Marshall was up 22-17 at the half and then outscored Faith 23-7 in the third period.
“After a little halftime motivation, we opened it up in the second half,” Dailey said.
“Seth had a tremendous night and hopefully is establishing himself as a major offensive threat for us. Yo (Prophete) is as talented a sophomore as I’ve ever coached, and his potential is limitless. It will just take some growing pains to get where he has to be for us. His 11 points were big.”
The next night the MA boys moved ahead of MHEA 26-16 at the half and coasted to the 53-33 win.
“This was a big win versus a solid basketball team,” Dailey said. “MHEA is always athletic and scrappy.”
Milliorn had another big night. He scored 24, with 10 of those coming in MA’s 12-point first quarter. Brent Adams had nine and “contributed another solid defensive effort,” Dailey said.
Marshall had no answer for West Memphis’ Austin Hudson in the finals. He scored 30 as the home team won 49-36.
“He absolutely destroyed us,” Dailey said about Hudson.
“We’ve all got some work to do to get to the necessary level of intensity, mentally and physically. We failed this test (versus West Memphis) but we got better.”
MA was down 17-13 at the half and 32-23 after three periods.
Prophete was the top gun for the Patriots with 14 points. Milliorn had nine.
“Josh (Asplund) had a solid game with eight points,” Dailey said. “I am very proud of him. He has worked extremely hard and has put himself in a position to help us.”
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