Thursday, February 1, 2007
MA teams down rival Chiefs
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots combined for a perfect six-win week.
The boys improved to 23-8 and the girls to 29-7 with wins over Magnolia Heights, Lee (Clarksdale) and Kirk.
MA’s first win of the week, on Tuesday, was the most exciting. It took an overtime period to turn back Class AAA Magnolia Heights 59-56 at home.
Seth Milliorn was the main man for the Patriots, scoring 21. For the Chiefs, Jonathan Red had 25.
“Red is a load,” said MA head coach Craig Dailey. “Basketball is about matchups. They match us well and we don’t match Red well.
“Seth had a big night offensively.”
Marshall was down 23-22 at the half but grabbed the momentum in the third with a 19-13 run. However, Magnolia Heights fought back to knot the game at 49 at the end of regulation.
“This was a big win because of how we had to win it,” Dailey said. “We had to do it with our heart, hustle and will. I’m proud of the guys. It felt really good to sweep the Chiefs (junior high and high school).”
Tyler Sanders and Jimmy Palmer added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Patriots. Liautaud Prophete scored eight.
“Tyler and Jimmy hit some huge shots,” he said. “Tyler had a big save after a wild scramble that was all heart and desire.”
Five Patriots hit for double digits Thursday night in Clarksdale as the visitors dominated 74-42.
MA was in control, 36-25, at the half and outscored the Colts 38-19 in the second half to get the easy road win.
Dailey said Milliorn’s third-quarter dunk “took the wind out of their sails.”
Palmer blistered the nets with 24 points. Prophete followed with 13. Also in double figures were Milliorn with 11 and Brent Adams and Gene Alexin with 10 each.
“Jimmy was on fire, hitting five threes,” Dailey said. “He is developing into a scorer and not just a shooter.
“Yo (Prophete), Seth and Brent had solid offensive games versus their zone. Gene rounded out the double-digit scoring and should play a huge role for us down the stretch.”
The Marshall boys kept their momentum going Friday night. They coasted past Kirk Academy 76-47 at home.
Nine players scored.
Leading the offense were Prophete with 13 points. Scoring 12 each were Sanders, Palmer and Alexin. Justin McMullen added eight.
MA built a commanding 37-18 halftime advantage.
“We are playing extremely well,” Dailey said. “Four players in double figures shows we are really distributing the ball well.”
Coach Dailey said his MA girls simply “found a way to win” versus Magnolia Heights on Tuesday of last week.
Traci Rodgers and Chelsea Faulkenbery were the big guns on offense with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
“Traci and Chelsea hit some huge shots to overcome a tough night versus their zone (defense),” he said.
“This was our third win versus them, and it was the toughest. We are learning to find a way to win.”
MA led 23-18 at the halftime recess.
The next two victories last week for the Lady Patriots were not as difficult.
They led Lee (Clarksdale) 27-6 at the half and hit cruise control for the 39-21 victory.
“This was a good opportunity to give everyone a lot of minutes,” Dailey said. “Everyone played well.”
Faulkenbery led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points. Jessica Taylor and Kim Shaw added eight each.
Shaw’s 18-point performance carried the load Friday night as the Marshall girls defeated Kirk 47-32.
“Kim had a tremendous game offensively and defensively,” he said. “She attacked the goal and was extremely hard to guard.”
Also scoring in double digits were Rodgers and Samantha Cody with 10 each. Faulkenbery had seven.
“Traci, Sam and Chelsea hit some big shots,” he said. “I am very proud of Sam. She is really coming on late in the season.”
The Lady Patriots were up 22-17 at the half. They put the game away with a 14-5 run in the fourth quarter.
“This was a big win, especially after they took us to overtime at their place,” Dailey said. “They will be a tough out in the playoffs.”
Marshall Academy teams host North Delta Friday night and then travel to Jackson Prep Saturday. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, they wrap up the regular season with a trip to Westminster Academy in Memphis. The District 1-AA Tournament is set for February 8-10 at Delta Academy in Marks.
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