Thursday, November 29, 2007
MA wins two at Forum
By BARRY BURLESON
The NBA arena suited the Marshall Academy basketball teams just fine.
MA swept Heritage Academy of Columbus Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 21, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, home of the Grizzlies.
“It was another fun day for our kids as we opened up for the Grizzlies versus the Raptors,” said Craig Dailey, head coach of the Lady Patriots and Patriots.
The Marshall girls dominated from the opening tip – winning 45-29.
They led 15-2 after the first quarter and 27-4 at the half.
“We really stifled them the first half and held onto the lead,” Dailey said.
Traci Rodgers was the top gun with 19 points. Jessica Taylor followed with 10.
“Traci had a solid offensive night, especially without the 19’9” line,” he said. “The NBA three-point line is way back there.
“Jessica had some big post points.”
Emily Burk returned to the lineup after a lengthy absence due to sickness. She scored seven.
“It was really good to have Emily back,” Dailey said. “I was proud of the way our kids battled during the 10-game run without her.”
He said Kelsey (Shaw), Regan (Murphy), Hannah (Cook), Mandy (Bolden) and Molly (West) all had big minutes on the Forum court.
The MA boys survived what Dailey called “an ugly first half” and knocked off Heritage 51-42.
The Patriots trailed 14-9 at halftime but outscored their opponent 20-8 in the third quarter.
“The Forum court can be intimidating, and we had five starters playing on it for the first time,” Dailey said. “It showed.
“After a halftime conversation, the boys bounced back.”
Caleb Byrd scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, Nick Tate 12 of his 15 and Gene Alexin 10 of his 14.
“Those three helped us have a huge second half to take the lead.”
He also said Jake Omedeo had a solid defensive second half.
“Chad (Mitchell), Jordan (Brock) and Kasey (Shaw) helped us weather the first half and contributed in the second,” Dailey said.
The coach thanked the Bank of Holly Springs, Merchants and Farmers Bank and All-American Sporting Goods for their financial support in making the FedEx Forum games possible.
The Lady Patriots (10-3) and the Patriots (5-1) were scheduled to host Magnolia Heights on Tuesday of this week. Thursday, they host West Memphis Christian in games originally scheduled for Friday. They were moved up a day due to the football team’s participation in the state championship game Friday night in Clinton. Marshall basketball teams are scheduled to visit Marvell (Ark.) on Saturday, Dec. 1, but Dailey said those games may be rescheduled due to state championship football activities.
News: (662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions, comments, corrections: email@example.com
©2004, The South Reporter, All Rights Reserved.
No part of this site may be reproduced in any way without permission.
The South Reporter is a member of the Mississippi Press Association.
Site managed and maintained by
South Reporter webmasters Linda Jones, Kristian Jones
Web Site Design - The South Reporter
Back | Top of Page