Thursday, December 4, 2008
Marshall splits with Wheeler
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy basketball teams tuned up for district by playing tradition-rich Wheeler in the Tishomingo County Classic.
The Lady Patriots got 19 points from Emily Burk in a 47-43 win Monday, Nov. 24. The Patriots fell 75-58 despite a 20-point effort from Jake Omedeo.
The MA girls (9-3) trailed 21-13 at the half but rallied in the second half – outscoring Wheeler 17-6 in the third quarter and 17-16 in the fourth.
“It took us a half to adjust to the officiating; nothing negative, just a lot tighter game than we are used to,” coach Craig Dailey said. “We had a huge third quarter. Playing in different environments allows us to be as mentally prepared as possible. These type games will help us come playoff time.”
Traci Rodgers added 15 points in the girls’ four-point victory, while Callie Clanton scored 11.
“Emily carried us most of the night with Traci sitting by me (in foul trouble)” Dailey said. “Callie hit three huge threes, and they all seemed to come when we needed them most. Traci had all 15 of her points in the second half to help us pull out the win.”
The Marshall Academy boys (4-5) fell behind 40-24 at the half and lost by 17 to Wheeler, a school that won six state titles in a row during the ’80s and ’90s.
“It was an honor to play a program with this kind of tradition,” Dailey said. “They still can play some basketball. We just have to get better at taking advantage of what the opportunity gives us. This is good experience for a young team. We are competing against true basketball programs and that will pay off when we get into district competition (this week).”
Also scoring in double digits for the Patriots were Taylor Maurey with 11 and Chase Ferrell with 10.
“Jake kept us in it,” Dailey said. “He has to realize he must be an offensive threat for us. Taylor had a big fourth quarter (nine of his 11) to get us back in it. Chase played a tremendous all-around game; he gets better each time out.”
The trip to Tishomingo County was a homecoming for the Daileys.
“It was neat to play in front of my family and to go back to Bridgett’s alma mater,” he said. “It’s a nice school and fun basketball environment. With contacts like this, I plan on over half of our schedule to be public schools in the next two years.”
MA in West Memphis
Marshall Academy teams closed out the West Memphis Tournament Saturday, Nov. 22, with easy wins.
The Lady Patriots clobbered the Memphis Nighthawks 60-39.
Rodgers was the top gun with 19 points, 13 of those coming in the first half. Clanton scored 11, and ninth grader Emma Elgin had 10. Scoring nine and eight, respectively, were Burk and Kelsey Shaw.
“Traci had another solid offensive game,” Dailey said. “She has really established herself as a tremendous offensive player. Emily, Callie and Kelsey provided very balanced scoring. We are very hard to guard with everyone contributing.
“Emma had double digits in her first high school game. She was able to ‘play up’ with Regan in New York. It’s always good for our young stars to get this type of opportunity. I could see her (Emma Elgin) contributing down the stretch in the playoffs.”
The Patriots built a commanding 37-14 halftime advantage en route to a 67-35 rout of West Memphis Christian.
“It was a tremendous all-around game by the guys,” Dailey said. “We seem to have their number. They are a lot better than we’re making them look.”
Maurey gunned in a team-best 18 points, all in the first half. Caleb Byrd followed with 17, and Jordan Brock scored 10. All the Patriots scored.
“Taylor controlled the offense from the point all night,” Dailey said. “Caleb lit them up again – a solid game. Jordan’s 10 first-half points pretty much put the game away, allowing our bench to get plenty of playing time.”
MA basketball teams hosted Lee (Ark.) Tuesday. They go to Carroll Academy Thursday. Both are district outings. Saturday, they visit big school Magnolia Heights, and next Tuesday, Dec. 9, they host big school Oak Hill Academy.
“The district kicks off this week,” he said. “These are the games that matter. I believe we are ready.”
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