Thursday, November 20, 2008
Marshall teams sweep West Memphis Christian
By BARRY BURLESON
District play is just around the corner, and coach Craig Dailey sees his Marshall Academy Lady Patriots and Patriots making positive strides.
The MA teams swept West Memphis Christian Saturday at home.
After both teams struggled a bit in the first quarter, the Lady Patriots caught fire and built a 28-9 halftime lead on their way to a 51-25 win over the Lady Knights.
Traci Rodgers and Callie Clanton shared high-scoring honors with 16 points each. Emily Burk added 12.
“Traci and Callie got rolling in the first half, combining for 25 of our 28 points,” Coach Dailey said. “Emily followed up their efforts with 11 second-half points.”
Rodgers nailed a three-pointer with 5:36 to go in the second quarter to put the Lady Pats (5-3) on top 21-6. Clanton closed the half with a three-pointer to provide the 19-point margin at the break.
“We had a very balanced offensive effort, and we seem to be catching a good stride as we get closer to district play,” he said.
The Marshall Academy boys got 19 points from Caleb Byrd in a 55-30 rout of West Memphis Christian.
“Caleb was on fire and played an exceptional all-around game,” Dailey said.
MA fell behind 3-0 but a basket by Jordan Brock put the home team up 4-3 with 5:38 to go in the first quarter. The Patriots never trailed again. They led 28-16 at halftime, thanks to a couple of three-pointers from Byrd. He hit five threes in the game.
Brock added 11 points for the Pats, and Dailey said he “had a solid offensive and defensive night.”
He praised the defense of Jake Omedeo and Chase Ferrell. He said the two “shut down West Memphis Christian’s two stars.”
“Taylor (Maurey) whipped their traps all night and John (Tomlinson) gave us some huge second-half minutes,” Dailey said.
Marshall (2-3) enjoyed an 18-point lead after three quarters and won by 25.
“This was a big win for this young team,” he said. “We have four games until district – when it really matters.”
Marshall vs. Tunica
MA teams split with Tunica Tuesday, Nov. 11, at home.
The Lady Patriots dominated. They led 43-0 at the half and won 59-12.
Clanton sparked the offensive attack with 18 points. Rodgers followed with 15, all on threes in the first half. Kelsey Shaw scored 11.
The Lady Patriots hit 10 three-pointers in the easy win.
“After our marathon run of tough opponents, it was good to breath a little easier,” Dailey said.
“Callie had a big offensive night. Lauralee (Fant) and Megan (Isbell) played well with some extended playing time.”
The Marshall boys shot just 25 percent against Tunica’s zone defense and dropped a 49-43 decision.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Coach Dailey said. “We didn’t play well at all, but after watching tape, Tunica is a solid team. Their strengths went to our weaknesses.
“We just have to find a way to win in these situations. We have to learn to overcome a bad shooting night.”
MA trailed 22-21 at halftime.
Maurey’s 14 points led the Patriots. He scored 12 in the second half. Brock and Ferrell added 10 each.
“Taylor had a big second half,” Dailey said. “Chase and Jordan had solid games, but it just wasn’t enough.
“A couple of banked threes by the Blue Devils and a good game plan by Coach (Judd) Sartin got us. He’s doing an exceptional job at a traditional football school.”
Marshall teams visit Marvell, Ark., Friday night. They play in the West Memphis Christian Tournament Thursday and Saturday. The tournament schedule includes – November 20, 4:30 p.m., Marshall JV boys vs. West Memphis; 5:45, MA varsity boys vs. Memphis Nighthawks; 7 p.m., MA varsity girls vs. West Memphis and November 22, 1 p.m. - Marshall varsity girls vs. Memphis Nighthawks; 2:15, Marshall JV boys vs. Faith Heritage; 3:30, MA varsity boys vs. West Memphis Christian.
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