Thursday, November 13, 2008
MA takes two from Knights
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy had different outcomes on the road and at home last week.
The Patriots and Lady Patriots lost at Oak Hill Academy Thursday and then swept the Memphis Home School Lady Knights and Knights Saturday.
The MA boys struggled in West Point but still had their chances before falling 53-49. The Patriots led 30-27 at the half but only mustered 19 points in the second half.
Caleb Byrd’s 23 points led MA. Taylor Maurey had nine and Jordan Brock eight.
“Caleb came out on fire in the first half and finished strong in the fourth, but we need others to step up and contribute on the offensive end,” coach Craig Dailey said. “Taylor and Jordan gave us a little more offensive production, but we’ve got to develop more team offensive chemistry.”
Class AAA Oak Hill, coached by former Marshall assistant Brian Middleton, features eight seniors. One of those, 6’4” Brett Barker scored 29.
“We had no answer; we have to do a better job of competing,” Dailey said. “Our youth showed.”
The Lady Patriots lost senior Traci Rodgers to foul trouble in the second half but fought and clawed and almost rallied for a win at Oak Hill. They lost 52-51.
“Life has shown me to find the good in the bad,” Dailey said. “The bad - we lost by one to a perennial AAA powerhouse at their place; the good - what a comeback.”
MA trailed 27-20 at the half and by double digits in the second half. But the Lady Patriots scored 25 points in the fourth and almost pulled off the shocker.
Emily Burk took charge. She had a game-high 24, 17 of those coming in the fourth. Kelsey Shaw and Callie Clanton hit some huge threes down the stretch. Shaw and Clanton had eight each.
He complimented the outstanding defense of Megan Isbell, Molly West, Regan Murphy and Lauralee Fant.
“We should have learned a lot from the loss,” Dailey said.
Marshall vs. Home School
A balanced scoring attack lifted the Patriots to a 72-66 win over the Knights Saturday in Holly Springs.
Hitting in double figures were Maurey with 20, Byrd with 18, Jake Omedeo with 14, Chase Ferrell with 10 and Brock with 10.
“It was our best compete defensive and offensive game of the year,” Dailey said. “This is going to be a special group.”
MA (1-2) was on top 29-22 at the half and held on for the win.
The Knights’ shooting guard, Ben Meis, had 35 points, including six threes.
“Jake did a good job trying to slow him down,” he said.
“This is another home school group that assembled a lot of talent.
“Caleb got rolling in the second half. Jake had a tremendous all-around game, including 10 rebounds, too.”
Brock added seven rebounds and six steals to his offensive production. Ferrell also had a double-double, including three key baskets, Dailey said.
The Lady Patriots (3-3) cruised to a 72-33 over the Lady Knights. They, too, enjoyed balanced scoring – Rodgers with 32, Clanton with 16, and Burk and Shaw with 10 each.
He said all four shot the ball well with a lot of confidence.
“That’s something we are capable of,” Dailey said. “When we are all ‘on’ offensively, we have the ability to light up the scoreboard.”
He praised the defense of West and Murphy – “They do the unheralded work but they know what they mean to me and to us.”
MA teams hosted Tunica Tuesday. They host West Memphis Saturday, with seventh and eighth grade games starting at 1 p.m. Next Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Lady Patriots and Patriots go to Marvell (Ark.).
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