Thursday, January 31, 2008
Lady Patriots lose in OT at Indianola
By BARRY BURLESON
The road was not very kind to the Marshall Academy basketball teams last week. It was a one out of four week.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots lost games Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Magnolia Heights in Senatobia.
The MA girls stayed within striking distance much of the game before falling 49-32.
“Coach McMinn (of Magnolia Heights) has a good group,” said Marshall coach Craig Dailey. “My kids battled but just couldn’t put it in the hole often enough.”
The Lady Patriots trailed 21-15 at the half.
Traci Rodgers scored 19. Emily Burk contributed nine.
“Traci did all she could offensively,” Dailey said. “Emily was aggressive and had some good looks that just didn’t fall.”
He said the Patriots lacked intensity in the nightcap and lost 63-59 to the Chiefs.
“We just messed around and they whipped us,” Coach Dailey said. “You can’t let a team like this hang around. We did and got beat.
“Intensity is something you can’t turn on and off. It has to flow from the tip or you’re going to get beat.”
MA led 23-18 at the half but got outscored 45-36 in the second half.
Nick Tate’s 20 points led the Patriots. Gene Alexin added 16 and Caleb Byrd 11.
It was a longer road trip Saturday as Marshall teams traveled to Indianola for important district contests.
The Lady Patriots gave it 110 percent before coming up short, 55-48 in overtime, against a team they lost to 39-19 eight days earlier at home.
MA led 17-16 at the half. The game was knotted at 44 at the end of regulation, with the Lady Patriots getting outscored 11-4 in the extra period.
“All the girls played with the desire it will take for us to finish strong,” Coach Dailey said. “As a coach you can’t be satisfied in a loss, but I’m satisfied with the guts and heart they showed.”
Rodgers poured in 27 points.
“Traci was unreal,” he said. “She has a tremendous amount of heart.”
The MA boys barely escaped Indianola with a 42-35 win, despite beating the Colonels 62-34 back on January 18 at home.
“That was awful,” Dailey said about the seven-point game. “It was by far the worst game one of my teams has ever played. Thankfully for us we did it against the last place team in the district.
“We’re going back to work and try to get some momentum going into the playoffs.”
MA was up 25-13 at the half.
Alexin and Tate were the top scorers for the Patriots with 15 and 14, respectively.
The Lady Patriots (18-15 overall, 5-4 in the district) and Patriots (18-7, 9-0) were scheduled to close out regular season district play on Monday of this week versus Lee (Clarksdale) at home.
They host Myrtle Thursday in a private school versus public school matchup. Next Tuesday, Feb. 5, MA teams travel to Tunica Institute of Learning.
The high school District Tournament will be played February 7-9 at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
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