Thursday, December 7, 2006
Wins over Delta highlight MA’s week
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots combined for a perfect six-for-six week on the basketball floor.
MA swept North Delta, Delta and Kirk with the Patriots improving to 8-2 and the Lady Patriots moving to 17-1.
Three Patriots combined for 53 points in an 82-34 rout of North Delta Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Batesville.
Seth Milliorn gunned in 23, Liautaud Prophete followed with 16, and Jimmy Palmer scored 14.
“If those three can supply that type of offense consistently, we will be hard to beat,” said head coach Craig Dailey.
MA was up 17-4 after the first quarter. The Patriots outscored the Green Wave 22-2 in the third quarter.
Twelve Patriots scored in the 48-point victory. Justin McMullen had nine.
“It was a good opportunity to get everyone some playing time,” he said.
The Lady Patriots downed North Delta with the same ease. They rolled to a 42-11 win after leading 20-2 at the end of the first quarter.
“We played everyone a lot and tried to get out without getting anyone hurt,” Dailey said.
Eight Marshall girls scored with Traci Rodgers the only one in double digits with 14 points. Kim Shaw had eight.
Prophete’s 21-point performance led the way as the Patriots knocked off Delta, Coach Dailey’s former school, 60-43, Friday at home in their first district game.
Milliorn added 18 and Spenser Autry 15.
“Yo (Prophete) had to really step up with Tyler (Sanders) out sick, and he more than responded,” Dailey said. “His defense is improving, and offensively he is learning to stay under control. His potential is limitless.
“Seth (Milliorn) was Seth – steady and consistent.
“Spenser (Autry) ate them up inside and without foul trouble he would have really destroyed them.
“I think our program made a huge statement, and I have to admit, it felt good.”
Marshall led 23-12 at the half.
The Lady Patriots and Lady Raiders hooked up in what Dailey called “an extremely physical” contest. MA survived 43-32.
“This was a tough, hard-fought game,” he said. “The girls responded well.”
Marshall led 10-7 after one quarter, 24-14 at the half and 32-21 following three quarters.
Shaw poured in 17 points, while Rodgers added 12. Jessica Taylor contributed eight.
“Kim (Shaw) really played well in the face of their pressure,” Dailey said. “Traci (Rodgers) and Jessica (Taylor) supplied some huge baskets.”
He also complimented Chelsea Faulkenbery and Hannah Cook for their outstanding defense.
Coach Dailey praised his junior high teams for contributing to the sweep of his old school. The junior girls beat Delta 32-20 with Emily Burk scoring 15. The junior boys defeated the Raiders 58-48 with four in double figures – Matt Dalton with 19, Jordan Brock with 13, Jake Omedeo with 12 and Caleb Byrd with 10.
The MA boys wrapped up the successful week with a dominating 65-45 victory at Kirk on Saturday.
The Patriots were on top 29-13 at the half and led 44-33 after three quarters.
“Coach Austin’s teams are always scrappy, and this group was hard to put away,” Dailey said. “We finished off a very good week of basketball.”
Milliorn was the top gun with 21 points. Prophete was close behind with 19. McMullen scored nine.
“Seth (Milliorn) and Yo (Prophete) are really establishing themselves as consistent offensive threats,” he said. “Justin had some very solid minutes. He is as good a pure shooter as I’ve coached.”
The Lady Patriots came out flat but turned things around enough to take a 46-40 win in overtime.
They trailed 11-2 after one quarter, but outscored the Lady Raiders 14-4 in the second quarter and led 16-15 at the half. The Lady Patriots didn’t score their first field goal until the 6:26 mark of the second quarter.
“We just didn’t show up until the second quarter,” Dailey said. “We played horribly but found a way to pull the win out.”
Shaw was the leading scorer with 24 points. Rodgers, who took over the game in overtime, scored 18 points.
Marshall teams hosted Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) Tuesday. They visit Lee (Marianna, Ark.) Friday and host West Memphis Saturday.
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