Thursday, March 8, 2007
teams end season in Overall Tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots extended their season one day longer than their counterparts, the Patriots, in last week’s Overall Tournament.
The MA girls defeated Bayou Academy in round one Tuesday at Mississippi College in Clinton and then lost to Madison Ridgeland Academy in the quarter-finals. The MA boys were eliminated by Trinity Episcopal in the opening round of the 12-team tournament.
The Lady Patriots finished 35-12 on the season and the Patriots 28-14.
It looked like coach Craig Dailey’s Class AA Lady Patriots might make a game of it early, but the top team from Class AAA took control and got the 38-21 win.
The Marshall girls led twice in the first quarter, 3-0 on Kim Shaw’s three and 7-6 on Chelsea Faulkenbery’s free throw.
They trailed 8-7 after one period and 18-10 at the half.
“We had some chances early to make it a game and just couldn’t convert,” Coach Dailey said.
MRA turned up the full-court pressure in the third quarter and stretched the margin to 26-10 with 4:46 to go in the period. Marshall trailed 28-15 after three.
The Lady Patriots shot just 14 percent (six of 43) from the field. Each team had 20 turnovers. Marshall was out-rebounded 42-23.
“We didn’t play very well, but I’m sure they (MRA) had a lot to do with that,” Dailey said.
Kim Shaw’s 10 points led Marshall. She also had six rebounds.
MRA went on to win the Mississippi Private School Association Overall Tournament crown, defeating previously unbeaten Leake in the championship game.
“I want to take this time to brag on my seniors,” Dailey said. “Chelsea (Faulkenbery) is the best girl defender I’ve every coached and had as much heart and determination as any I’ve had.
“Kim (Shaw) had a tremendous career and played her best basketball when it meant the most.
“Sam (Cody) was a great senior leader and contributed a whole lot to the season.”
Shaw poured in 21 points in the Lady Patriots’ 50-38 win over Bayou in round one of the Overall Tournament.
The Lady Patriots built a 22-15 halftime lead and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
MA shot 38.5 percent (20 of 42) from the field and 87.5 percent (seven of eight) from the free-throw stripe.
Also scoring in double figures for Marshall were Rodgers with 13 and Faulkenbery with 12.
Shaw led in rebounding with nine. Rodgers had four assists and five steals.
“The girls contended for state and advanced in overall for the first time in eight years,” Dailey said. “I’m really proud of these young ladies, and the future looks bright.”
The second and fourth quarters proved costly for the Patriots in the game versus Trinity in the Overall Tournament.
Trinity outscored MA 38-20 in those two quarters and ousted the Patriots 60-41.
“We were ice cold to start and waited until deep in the second half to turn loose,” Dailey said. “we battled back, got to within three and let it slip away.”
The Patriots shot 32 percent (16 of 50) from the field and hit just three of 22 tries from beyond the three-point stripe. They shot 67 percent (six of nine) from the free-throw stripe.
Trinity was 18 of 28 from the free-throw line.
Trinity lost in the quarter-finals to MRA, which went on to claim the overall championship.
“These kids came within an eyelash of playing for a state title (lost by one to eventual champ Brookhaven in the state semi-finals) and never really recovered from that loss,” Dailey said.
“I’d rather focus on the potential for next year with most everyone coming back and Spenser (Autry) as well (who missed the bulk of the season due to injury), it should be fun.
“I will really miss Yo (Liautaud Prophete). He has been a pleasure to coach, and he is one of the finest young men off the court I’ve ever coached.”
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