Thursday, February 2, 2006

MA teams take first, third seeds in tourney

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Marshall Academy Patriots secured the number one seed in this week’s District 1-AA Tournament with a split last week against Lee and Carroll.

Coach Craig Dailey’s crew finished the regular season 25-10 overall and 10-2 in District 1-AA.

The Lady Patriots wrapped up the regular season by winning three of four games, the lone loss being to Magnolia Heights, the fifth-ranked team in AAA.

Coach Keith Taylor’s squad enters the district tournament this week seeded third with marks of 23-16 overall and 8-4 in the district.

Patriots

Scoring was tough Tuesday night, Jan. 24, at Magnolia Heights as the Patriots fell to the Chiefs 33-31.

MA led 19-13 at the half but couldn’t hang on.

“Magnolia Heights did a great job, especially on the game-winning play,” Dailey said. “They executed, and we didn’t.”

Leading Marshall’s scoring were Thomas Rodgers with 16 points and Tyler Sanders with 11.

“The kids are playing extremely hard for me,” Dailey said. “We just have to learn how to finish.

“This was a tough loss. I just hope it will help us be more prepared for tournament play. They wanted it a little more than us.”

The next night, Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Patriots lost their second game in five days to district foe Lee, this one on the road.

Jesse Spink’s 22 points lifted the Colts to a 51-40 victory on the school’s senior night.

“Spinks is probably the best shooter I’ve ever tried to stop,” Coach Dailey said.

Marshall trailed 18-10 at the half.

“Our offensive futility in the first half dug a hole we couldn’t get out of,” he said. “They just flat whipped us, and we didn’t respond.”

John David Sanders connected for 15 points for MA. Rodgers followed with 10.

“This experience should help us down the stretch,” Dailey said.

The Marshall boys then journeyed to Carroll Academy Thursday night and clinched the regular season district title with an easy 68-42 victory.

The Patriots built a 32-19 lead at the half and outscored Carroll 10-10 in the third period.

Rodgers was the top scorer with 20 points. J.D. Sanders scored 10, while Will Forester added eight and Joe Cunningham 7. Eleven Patriots scored.

“Joe Cunningham earned the start tonight in his final regular season game,” Dailey said. “I don’t start seniors for seniors’ sake, but Joe deserved it.

“Preston Boatwright started as well in place of J.D., and I’d like to commend both of these young men for their dedication throughout the season.”

Dailey said backing into the number one spot in the district is just fine.

“We’ll take it,” he said. “It was a good regular season, not a great finish. “But we are in the position we wanted to be in when we first met in October.

“Now it’s time to step up and get the job done.”

Lady Patriots

The Lady Patriots started the busy week by cruising past Immaculate Conception from Memphis 55-31 on Monday night, Jan. 23, at home.

Kim Shaw and Lindsay Taylor led MA in the scoring column with 10 points each. Taylor was also the top rebounder with six.

Sam Cody and Allie Kriss added nine and eight points, respectively.

The Lady Patriots shot 34 free throws, hitting 21 (for 61.8 percent).

They led 26-14 at the half.

Next up on Tuesday, Jan. 24, was a trip to Senatobia to face the highly-ranked Lady Chiefs (27-2). Marshall trailed by just five, 31-26, at the half before losing by 18, 63-45.

Chelsea Faulkenbery was the leading scorer for MA with 14 points, including three threes. She also dished out four assists. Shaw added 12 points and six rebounds. Taylor score eight.

The Lady Patriots had just seven turnovers but poor shooting was costly. They were 15 of 44 (34.1 percent) from the field.

They bounced back the next two nights to close the regular season with two district wins.

Shaw’s 17 points and nine rebounds led Marshall to a 47-30 victory at Lee (Clarksdale) on Wednesday.

Faulkenbery followed with nine points, while Taylor and Kriss scored seven each. Faulkenbery also had seven assists.

MA led 12-9 after one quarter, 24-16 at the half and 42-23 following three quarters.

The Lady Patriots shot 60 percent from the charity stripe (eight of 10).

Three Marshall players hit for double digits in a 54-42 victory at Carroll on Thursday of last week.

Shaw led the way with 18, while Faulkenbery scored 14 and Taylor 13. Kriss added seven.

The Lady Patriots were red hot from the field. They hit 21 of 37 shots (56.8 percent).

MA was on top 16-11 after one period, 30-21 at the half and 46-28 following three quarters.

Schedule

Marshall Academy hosts this week’s district tournament, starting Wednesday. Play then continues on Friday and Saturday.


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