January 17, 2008
Pats fall in 2 OTs to JA
The Marshall Academy boys went 2-1 on the court last week, both wins being in district, but the loss proved to be the highlight of the week.
Class 2A Marshall took Class 3A Jackson Academy to double overtime Saturday afternoon at Delta State University before falling 81-71.
“We believe we can win every game, but I always tell the kids we don’t have to beat the 3As to win state, just be able to beat them,” coach Craig Dailey said.
The Patriots (15-6 on the season) led 32-30 at the half. It was tied at 61 at the end of regulation and at 70 after the first OT. JA outscored Marshall 11-1 in the second extra period.
“It just became a ‘war of attrition’ and they have a distinct advantage when that happens,” Dailey said. “Nobody in Walter Sillers Coliseum would debate we could have beaten them. I believe we have turned the corner, and it’s going to be a fun run.”
Nick Tate was unstoppable. He scored 32 points. Caleb Byrd and Gene Alexin followed with 14 and 12, respectively.
“Cramps stopped him (Tate) in the second overtime,” Dailey said. “He had a heck of a game.
“Caleb made them pay from the perimeter all night. Gene had a solid game distributing and finishing.”
Dailey also complimented Tyler Sanders, Brent Adams and Hunter Bolden for “their yeoman’s work defensively” versus JA.
The Marshall boys opened the week with a ho-hum, 68-32 home win over Lee (Marianna, Ark.) January 7.
Scoring in double figures were Alexin with 18, Byrd with 11 and Adams with 10. Jake Omedeo and Wesley Harris added nine and eight, respectively.
“They scored 47 points the first half at their place and 17 in this game,” Dailey aid. “We are hitting our stride defensively.”
MA was up 31-17 at the break.
The Patriots then kept their perfect district mark (6-0) intact with an easy 59-37 road victory Thursday night at Carroll Academy.
Dailey’s squad built an overwhelming 30-14 halftime advantage.
Tate led the way with 15. Alexin and Byrd added 14 and 13, respectively. Bolden had seven.
“Nick, Gene and Caleb rolled us to a big lead, and then we got everyone minutes,” he said. “Hunter had a solid offensive night on top of his normal defensive effort.”
The Marshall Academy girls coasted to district wins versus Lee (Marianna, Ark.) and Carroll before running into the JA buzz-saw.
Traci Rodgers and Emily Burk gunned in 18 points each as the Lady Patriots knocked off Lee 58-21 at home on January 7.
The lead was 28-11 at intermission.
“Emily exploded for 14 first-quarter points,” Coach Dailey said. “Traci had another good offensive night.”
Seven Lady Patriots scored.
The winning margin was less Thursday night on the road, but it was still a rout – 46-28 over Carroll.
The MA girls led by 10 at the half and then went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter.
“Carroll had a girl out the first time we played,” Dailey said, “And they put up a lot better effort this time. We shut them down in the third and pulled away.”
Rodgers and Burk again powered the offensive by scoring 24 and 14, respectively.
“Traci was Traci, and Emily had another solid game,” he said. “Hannah (Cook), Jessica (Taylor), Molly (West) and Regan (Murphy) all had tremendous defensive nights.”
The Lady Patriots’ district mark improved to 5-1. They had a huge game at Kirk on Tuesday of this week.
“We are tied with them for first, and a win would put the number one seed squarely in our grasp,” Dailey said.
The Lady Patriots battled hard versus 3A Jackson Academy Saturday at Delta State before dropping a 45-27 decision.
MA’s overall mark went to 18-11.
“Games like these may not show it on the scoreboard, but they are preparing us for a run at the district championship and potentially more,” Coach Dailey said.
Marshall trailed 8-6 after one quarter, 19-10 at the half and 27-16 after three periods.
Rodgers poured in 16 points for the Lady Patriots.
“Traci had 16 versus double and triple teams by the best defensive team in the MPSA (Mississippi Private School Association),” Dailey said. “She is becoming very mentally tough.”
After the road trip to Kirk on Tuesday, Marshall Academy teams host Indianola Academy Friday night and then go to Magnolia Heights next Tuesday, Jan. 22.
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