Thursday, November 15, 2007
Lady Patriots win two of three
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy girls faced tough competition in the Indianola Academy Tournament last week and won two of three.
First off, coach Craig Dailey’s Lady Patriots were pitted against the state’s number-one-ranked Class AAA team, Pillow Academy, on November 6. MA stayed close in the first quarter only. Pillow used a 22-7 run in the second quarter to pull away and roll to the 56-18 win.
“That was a buzz-saw,” Dailey said. “I felt going in they were the best team in the MPSA. Afterwards, they are one of the best I’ve seen.”
Traci Rodgers led Marshall in scoring with 10 points.
“Our kids battled and going against their pressure is good practice for Leake,” he said.
Rodgers lit up the scoreboard with 31 points Thursday as the Lady Patriots knocked off Class AAA Washington School 47-46.
“She bounced back from Tuesday’s tough night to explode for a huge night,” Dailey said.
He said Jessica Taylor also had “a solid offensive game” with eight points.
MA led 28-24 at the half.
“My junior high girls had a huge win versus Washington and then Kelsey (Shaw) and Lauralee (Fant) came back to give us some huge minutes in the high school game,” Dailey said.
“Molly (West), Hannah (Cook) and Regan (Murphy) had strong defensive nights.”
The Lady Patriots then wrapped up the tourney with a 50-38 win over Bayou Academy – outscoring the Lady Colts 30-19 in the second half.
Rodgers was the top gun with 22 points. Taylor added 12 and Murphy eight.
“Traci (Rodgers) had another solid offensive night,” Dailey said. “Jessica (Taylor) had several huge baskets and gave us a big offensive boost, plus she shut down their best post player.
“Regan (Murphy) had her high school high and has really developed offensively. Molly (West) had a good defensive night versus their point guard. Kelsey (Shaw) gave us a couple of big baskets.”
The Lady Patriots and Patriots were scheduled to host Tunica Institute of Learning Monday and Marvell Tuesday.
They play in the West Memphis Tournament Thursday and Saturday. They play Faith Heritage at 4 p.m. (girls) and 5:15 p.m. (boys) Thursday. They meet West Memphis at 11:30 a.m. (girls) and 12:45 p.m. (boys) Saturday. They go against Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) Saturday at 2 p.m. (girls) and 3:15 p.m. (boys). MA teams are playing two on Saturday due to the football playoff game Friday night.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, Marshall teams play Heritage Academy at the FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis. The high school girls play at 1 p.m. and the boys at 2:30 p.m. That night, at 7, the Memphis Grizzlies battle the Toronto Raptors. Tickets are on sale at the school.
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