Thursday, January 18, 2007
MA boys turn back Delta, 60-47
By BARRY BURLESON
A 13-point win in a hostile environment at Marks Saturday night highlighted the Marshall Academy boys’ three-win week.
Seth Milliorn poured in 21 points as the Patriots, ranked number one in the state in Class AA, knocked off Delta Academy 60-47. MA improved to 18-6 on the season.
“We did a tremendous job of handling an extremely volatile atmosphere,” coach Craig Dailey said about playing his former school. “It wasn’t hard to see we aren’t liked there very much.
“The boys handled it very well and it showed we are becoming a championship caliber team.”
Jimmy Palmer and Liautaud Prophete added 14 points each.
“Seth had a huge offensive night,” Dailey said. “Jimmy and Yo (Prophete) had solid nights, too.
“We had a great defensive effort, too.”
Marshall led by just one, 25-24, at the half but outscored Delta 35-23 in the second half.
Earlier in the week the MA boys routed two different Lees – Lee from Marianna, Ark., and Lee from Clarksdale.
Palmer gunned in 25 points, including six threes, as the Patriots beat Lee Marianna 70-50 Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home.
Brent Adams followed with 14 points and Seth Milliorn scored 10. Getting nine each were Tyler Sanders and Prophete.
MA was up 37-21 at halftime.
“This was a good opportunity to get the bench some much-deserved playing time,” Dailey said. “We’ve had a tough run of games, and playing time has been limited. I was glad to be able to spread it around.
“Jimmy played a very solid, all-around game. Brent played inside the way we knew he could. Seth, Tyler and Yo had solid offensive games.”
The win was even easier Thursday night at home as the Patriots clobbered the Colts 58-22.
Scoring in double digits were Palmer with 11 and Gene Alexin with 10. Milliorn added nine. Nine Patriots scored.
“Everyone played well,” Dailey said. “Gene had a big game in limited minutes.”
The Marshall Academy girls had little trouble disposing of Lee Marianna and Lee Clarksdale, but couldn’t pull out a win Saturday at Delta.
Coach Dailey said Lee Marianna really “had no answer” for Traci Rodgers on Tuesday of last week at home. Rodgers lit up the scoreboard with 33 points in a 50-30 victory.
“Traci was on fire,” he said.
“Coach (John) Holcombe does a great job, and the Lee girls played extremely hard.”
Kim Shaw added nine points for Marshall, which led 23-12 at the half.
The Lady Patriots jumped ahead of the Lee Lady Colts 25-4 at the half Thursday night and went on to win 30-15.
“I used this game to try and catch up playing time for those who haven’t gotten in much during our recent run of tough games,” Dailey said. “I was very proud to see Allie Kriss (back from a knee injury) be able to get out there for an extended amount of time and play well.”
Kriss scored five points. Kim Shaw led the offense with 10 points. Candice Clarkson had six.
Dailey was unhappy with his Lady Patriots’ performance at Marks. They lost 53-49 to Delta.
“We flag got out-played, out-hustled and out-coached,” he said. “They wanted it worse than us and they whipped us.
“The good thing is this one was just for pride. We are still the number one seed (in the district), and the next meeting will matter.”
Rodgers carried the load on offense in the loss. She scored 30. Shaw added 12.
“Traci had a huge offensive night,” Dailey said. “Without her point production, it would have been even uglier.”
Dailey said his MA girls, who enter this week with a 24-6 record and ranked second in AA, must “learn to want it a lot more.”
“As I told the kids the way the brackets fall for North State, either Indianola, Delta or Marshall are not going to state,” he said. “Number two in our district will play Indianola in a putout game at North State.”
Marshall teams visited Magnolia Heights Monday and hosted Memphis Area Home Education Association (MHEA) Tuesday. They play Madison Ridgeland Academy Friday at Mississippi College and then go to SBEC on Saturday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Patriots and Lady Patriots host Magnolia Heights.
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