Thursday, January 25, 2007
girls defeat Chiefs, MHEA
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots and Patriots combined for a seven-game week with the girls going 2-1 and the boys 2-2.
Kim Shaw’s nine points in the fourth quarter sparked the Class AA Lady Patriots to a big 44-31 victory over Class AAA rival Magnolia Heights on Monday, Jan. 15.
MA rallied from a 23-21 halftime deficit, outscoring the Lady Chiefs 11-0 in the third quarter and 12-8 in the fourth.
“Kim came through in the clutch,” Dailey said. “She is really expanding her offensive game and establishing herself in the post.”
Shaw finished with 18 points, while Traci Rodgers scored 16. Samantha Cody added seven.
“Traci had another solid outing, and Sam helped us open up their zone, supplying some quality minutes off the bench.”
The next night the Lady Patriots avenged a loss earlier in the season. They defeated Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) 46-33.
“This was a good win - repaying them for an earlier loss,” Dailey said.
Marshall built a commanding 31-17 halftime advantage.
Top point producer for MA was Rodgers with 22. Shaw contributed 11, and Allie Kriss scored eight.
“Traci had 15 first-half points,” Dailey said. “Kim played well versus their double team. Allie exploded for eight second-quarter points to make them get out of their triangle and two defense.”
The Lady Patriots made the three-hour trip to Mississippi College in Clinton Friday and lost a hard-fought 37-32 game to Madison Ridgeland Academy. Their season record went to 26-7.
Dailey’s squad outscored big school MRA 15-0 in the second quarter and led 21-6 at the halftime break. But the second half was all MRA.
“We had an unbelievable first half, then had a horrendous second half,” he said. “We’ve just got to go back to work to get better.
“It’s been a long season with as tough a schedule as I’ve put together. I believe it will pay off come the playoffs. We will see. If it helps us be more mentally prepared, it will be worth it.”
Rodgers led the offense versus MRA with 21 points.
The Marshall boys tipped off their week on a sour note. They dropped a 53-47 decision in Senatobia to rival Magnolia Heights.
“This was a very disappointing loss,” Dailey said. “They really outplayed us and showed a lot of heart.”
He said a “letdown could be expected” after the Patriots’ big win at Delta just two days earlier.
MA led 21-19 at the half but got outscored 20-15 in the third quarter and 14-11 in the fourth.
Seth Milliorn poured in 17 points in the setback. Jimmy Palmer scored 11, while Liautaud Prophete had nine and Tyler Sanders eight.
“Seth had a good offensive game, but we really struggled defensively, especially in the post.,” Dailey said.
Magnolia Height’s big man, Jonathan Red, scored 13 points.
The next night at home, the Patriots had no trouble with MHEA. They won 73-51.
Eight Patriots scored in the 22-point win, led by Milliorn and Gene Alexin with 13 each, Marquez Miller with 12 and Prophete with 10. Palmer and Sanders had nine each.
MA was on top 40-19 at the half.
“Gene had a great offensive game,” Dailey said. “He is really coming on and should really help us down the stretch.
“I am very proud of Quez’s (Miller’s) leadership and his attitude throughout the season.”
The Marshall boys, top ranked in Class AA, gave Madison Ridgeland Academy, top ranked in Class AAA, all it wanted and more Friday night at Mississippi College. They lost a 53-51 heartbreaker.
“The boys had a great game,” Dailey said.
It was a nail-biter throughout. The Patriots trailed 11-10 after one quarter but led 22-21 at the half. They were up 38-36 after three quarters but let the hopes of an upset slip away in the fourth.
Sanders was the top gun for MA. He scored 16. Prophete and Palmer added 13 and 11, respectively. Milliorn scored eight.
“Tyler had a tremendous game,” Dailey said. “His game has really evolved. I am very proud of him. Yo (Prophete), Jimmy and Seth had solid contributions on both ends of the floor.”
Coach Dailey said his technical foul in the third quarter came at a bad time but he was upset about the foul differential.
“It ended up 27 free throws to four in their favor,” he said.
Brandon Bolen had a game-high 30 points for MRA. He was 14 of 15 from the free-throw stripe.
The Patriots bounced back Saturday evening to take a 47-46 win at Southern Baptist Educational Center (SBEC) in Southaven. Milliorn, who had a 24-point night, also hit the game-winning bucket.
“Seth just put us on his shoulders and willed us to win,” Dailey said. “We went to an isolation play for Seth at the end and he drilled it. Then our defense held on their final attempt.”
Alexin added 10 points for MA, which led 19-16 at the half.
“It was obvious the MRA game and travel zapped our legs, but the guys battled through it,” he said. “Our brutal schedule is for a purpose, and it is to have us as mentally prepared as we can be at the end of the season. Gene came off the bench to give us a huge offensive and defensive spark.”
The Patriots improved to 20-8 on the season.
Marshall teams were scheduled to host Magnolia Heights Tuesday. They go to Lee (Clarksdale) Thursday and then return home to face Kirk Academy Friday night.
Next Monday and Tuesday, MA hosts the Junior High District Tournament. There will be four games Monday starting at 4 p.m., and the two championship games are set for Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m.
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