Thursday, February 8, 2007
MA teams fall at Prep; top seeds for district
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy boys gave big school Jackson Prep fits Saturday evening.
Class AA Marshall lost a double-overtime, 58-53 thriller in the state’s capital city.
“We just ran out of bodies,” coach Craig Dailey said. “Four starters fouled out, and Seth (Milliorn) ended with four fouls.
“They are the largest school in our association and with that comes a lot of positives, numbers-wise.”
MA trailed 22-16 at the halftime recess but fought back to tie the game at 47 at the end of regulation.
“I’m proud of the guys,” Dailey said. “We just didn’t make a play here and there but at the end of the day we lost to attrition.”
Jimmy Palmer was the top gun with 17 points. Milliorn and Tyler Sanders added 14 and 12, respectively, and Gene Alexin contributed seven.
“Jimmy, Seth and Tyler had solid offensive games,” their coach said. “Gene played well off the bench and will really help us in the playoff run.”
The Patriots concluded regular season play with a 23-9 record.
“Now we get to work on getting a district title and avoiding a putout game (at North State) with IA (Indianola Academy),” he said.
Coach Dailey said his Lady Patriots “battled hard” before falling 45-37 Saturday at Jackson Prep.
MA was down 15-12 at the half but got outscored 33-22 in the second half.
“We had another great first half and then not a very good second half,” he said. “The AAAs have a distinct advantage in numbers. We just have to learn to overcome that with execution and heart.”
Traci Rodgers gunned in a team-best 15 points. Kim Shaw followed with 13.
“Traci and Kim had solid offensive games versus some very athletic defenders,” Coach Dailey said. “Candice (Clarkson) had some big-time minutes. Emily (Burk) played extremely well (six points) in her first game of high school ball. She’s a warrior and she’ll make a difference down the stretch.”
The Lady Patriots finished regular season play with a 29-8 record.
“We’re going to get four solid days of practice in (this week) and set our sights on a district title,” Dailey said.
Lee Academy in Clarksdale will host the District 1-AA Tournament Fridy and Saturday. The Patriots and Lady Patriots are the top-seeded teams in the tournament.
The schedule follows.
Friday, Feb. 8
4 p.m. - girls game, Delta vs. Lee (Clarksdale); 5:15 p.m., boys game, Delta vs. Lee (Marianna, Ark.); 6:30 p.m., girls game, Marshall vs. Lee (Marianna, Ark); 7:45 p.m., boys game, Marshall vs. Lee (Clarksdale).
Saturday, Feb. 8
4 p.m., girls consolation game; 5:15 p.m., boys consolation game; 6:30 p.m., girls championship; 7:45 p.m., boys championship.
The North State AA Tournament will follow the next week, February 12-17, at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
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