Thursday, November 30, 2006
Marshall wins two at FedEx
By BARRY BURLESON
There was a bit of a holdup Monday, Nov. 20, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis before the Marshall Academy teams could take the floor.
“The Grizzlies’ representative apologized to us because Grant Hill of Orlando needed a few extra shots,” said coach Craig Dailey. “The kids laughed and said, ‘I guess we’ll let him.’ ”
When they did go onto the court, they were successful. The MA girls beat Immaculate Conception and the boys defeated Heritage Academy prior to the night-time tipoff of the Grizzlies versus Magic NBA matchup at the 18,400-seat arena.
“This was a special night for our kids,” said Dailey, who has organized the games at the FedEx Forum two straight years. “It may be the little kid in me, but that big ‘ole place’ always leaves me a little in awe.”
The Lady Patriots got 14 points from Kim Shaw and 12 from Traci Rodgers in a 39-25 victory over Immaculate Conception.
“The FedEx court takes away a lot of scoring with the NBA three-point line,” Dailey said, “but we adjusted well. You’ve just got to forget the line and play.
“Kim and Traci did what they do best, and we had a solid team defensive night. Jessica (Taylor) and Sam (Cody) had solid offensive and defensive nights as well.”
The Marshall girls were up 21-14 at the half.
“It was neat for me going against one of my best friends and most respected coaching colleagues (Wade Heigle),” Dailey said.
The win upped the Lady Patriots’ record to 14-1 at the Thanksgiving break.
“I am excited about where our program is headed,” he said.
Seth Milliorn and newcomer Jimmy Palmer combined for 30 points as the Marshall Academy boys routed Heritage 57-38. Milliorn scored 17 and Palmer 13.
“Seth had another solid offensive game,” Dailey said, “and the addition of Jimmy will definitely help us make a run at the title.”
The Patriots trailed by three after one period, but grabbed the lead for good with an 18-6 run in the second quarter. They were up 24-15 at the half and never looked back.
The MA boys improved to 5-2 on the season.
“We definitely are beginning to come together as a team,” Dailey said.
Eleven Patriots scored in the 19-point victory.
“I want to thank all our fans, parents and financial contributors as they helped make this a very special night for the kids,” Dailey said. “A special thanks goes to Charles (King) and Gary (Hickman) at Bank of Holly Springs for their continued support of our program.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids. The support that Marshall Academy has always shown its basketball program allows these nights to take place.”
The next big night in another big arena comes Saturday, Dec. 16, when the Patriots and Lady Patriots face Pillow Academy at Tad Smith Coliseum on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.
“These venues teach our kids to adjust to different surroundings, similar to what we face at Mississippi College in the Overall Tournament,” Dailey said.
MA teams visited North Delta Monday of this week. They host Delta Friday and go to Kirk Academy Saturday. Next Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Lady Patriots and Patriots host Memphis-Area Home Education Associaton (MHEA).
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