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MA teams ease to district wins
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy basketball teams opened district play last week and won all four games – the least margin being 17 points.
MA vs. Lee (Ark.)
The Lady Patriots tipped off action Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Marianna, Ark., with a dominating 50-21 win.
The lead was 25-5 at the half.
“Games like this are good occasionally,” coach Craig Dailey said. “We just don’t need too many.”
Emily Burk led the team in scoring with 14. All eight Lady Patriots scored.
“Emily is beginning to find her groove again (after missing several games due to sickness),” he said. “Mandy (Bolden) has played herself into some big minutes. Traci (Rodgers) and Regan (Murphy) had good offensive contributions.”
The Patriots struggled in the first half, trailing 41-32, but bounced back to win 79-62.
“Ugly, ugly, ugly first half, but we responded well to get the ‘W,’ “ Dailey said.
He said Nick Tate suffered a twisted ankle very early in the game, “plus the chemistry lull of adding the football players really showed the first half.
“And Lee had a couple of guards who could have drop-kicked it in the first half.”
Four Patriots hit in double digits – Gene Alexin with 21, Jake Omedeo with 17, Tate with 13 and Caleb Byrd with 12.
“Jake saved us the first half and had a huge game,” Dailey said. “I’m really proud of his evolution as a player. Gene whipped them all night and created for everyone. Nick had 13 second-half points, and Caleb had eight in the second half to get us out of the first-half hole. Tyler (Sanders) played well to be one day out of football.”
MA vs. Carroll
Traci Rodgers lit up the scoreboard with 34 points, all coming in three quarters, as the host Marshall girls bombed the Lady Rebels 61-31.
“When Traci’s on, she as good as I’ve had,” Dailey said.
Jessica Taylor was the only other player scoring in double figures with 10.
“Jessica has worked on stretching her perimeter range and is establishing herself as an offensive threat,” he said. “Emily (Burk) had a solid game, and Hannah (Cook) did a good job on their best player.”
Next up for the Lady Patriots was a home game this past Tuesday against Kirk, the number-three-ranked team in Class AA.
“We’re going to take the weekend off and come back ready for a huge district game,” Dailey said after the Thursday of last week game.
Four Marshall boys scored in double digits for the sixth time this year as the Patriots routed Carroll Academy 77-42.
Leading the balanced offensive attack were Tate with 20, Byrd with 20, Sanders with 16 and Alexin with 12.
“Nick and Caleb have been a load to slow down all year, and tonight was no different,” Dailey said. “Tyler is really playing at a high level, especially to be so soon out of football. Gene had another solid offensive game, and Jake played well.”
He also said the Patriots’ game this past Tuesday versus Kirk would be “our toughest district test to date.”
MA travels to Lee (Clarksdale) this Friday night and then hosts Potts Camp Saturday night in a Marshall County private school versus public school matchup.
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