Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lady Patriots finish season 25-18


A successful basketball season for the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots came to an end last week in the first round of the North AA Tournament.

The MA girls, seeded second from District 1, fell 50-40 to Winston Academy, the third-seeded squad from District 2. The loss ended the Lady Patriots’ campaign at 25-18 overall.

“I’m proud of the way the girls played for the most part this year,” head coach Keith Taylor said. “The season didn’t end like we wanted it to. We’re a better team than Winston.”

In the preseason the Lady Patriots, with no seniors, were picked to finish fifth in their district. They wound up second.

“Our goal was to win district, and we were the runner-up,” Taylor said. “We didn’t quite accomplish the goal, but we’re a relatively young team, and this will give us something to shoot for next year.

“We won 25 games, and that’s an outstanding accomplishment.”

The Lady Patriots fell behind Winston 14-3 after one quarter. They trailed 26-12 at the half but sliced the deficit to 35-30 after three periods before losing by 10.

MA shot just 28.8 percent (15 of 52) from the field.

Freshman Traci Rodgers had a team-best 16 points, hitting six of eight shots from the field and four of seven from the free-throw line. Junior Kim Shaw scored 13. Leading the rebounding effort was Lindsay Taylor with seven.

“Next year we should be stronger and more experienced,” Taylor said. “Some young girls gained valuable experience this year. I believe next year we will be a team to be reckoned with.”

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