Thursday, February 7, 2008
Marshall sweeps Lee; district tourney next
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy teams wrapped up regular season district play on a high note Monday night, Jan. 28.
They swept rival Lee (Clarksdale) at home – the boys winning 71-42 and the girls 49-43.
The Patriots (19-7 overall, 10-0) will be the top seed for the District 1-AA Tournament this week at Kirk Academy in Grenada. The Lady Patriots (19-15, 6-4) will be seeded third.
Nick Tate’s 25 points provided the main spark as the Marshall boys rolled to the 29-point win last week. Gene Alexin and Tyler Sanders added 13 points each.
“Nick, Gene and Tyler all had extremely solid offensive nights, but the difference for us was on the other side of the scoreboard,” coach Craig Dailey said. “We finally guarded.
“This will set a good tone as we head into the playoffs.”
The Patriots stormed out of the starting gate – building a 25-7 lead after one quarter. They were up 37-17 at the half.
They will likely get a long layoff before the district semi-finals.
“With the cancellation of the Myrtle game (last Thursday, due to weather), it puts us in a tough situation,” he said. “We will have 11 days off before the semi-finals of the district with our bye and Tunica cancelling (Tuesday of this week).
“We plan to try and pick up a game either Monday or Tuesday (of this week) to replace the Myrtle/Tunica games. If we can't, we will just bow up in practice and focus on us getting better.
“It was exciting to prepare for a team like Myrtle (number one in the state among Class A public schools). I just wish we could have gotten a shot at them.”
The Patriots are ranked fifth in the state in Class AA (private schools).
Three players scored in double figures January 28 as the Lady Patriots turned back the Fillies by six points.
Leading the offense were Traci Rodgers with 16 points, Regan Murphy with 11 and Jessica Taylor with 10.
“Traci did a great job of splitting the triple teams and getting what she could,” Coach Dailey said. “Regan really stepped up by making them pay for over-helping. Jessica’s nine points in the first half set a good tone for the game.
“Molly (West) had three key baskets (six points) and all at the right time.”
The Marshall girls trailed 6-4 after one quarter but rallied for a 23-16 halftime advantage. They were up 32-24 following three periods.
The MA girls play Lee (Ark.) Thursday at 4 p.m. in the opening round. With a win, they face second-seeded Indianola Friday at 4 p.m.
The girls consolation game is Saturday at 2 p.m. and the championship game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The MA boys, who get a first round bye, will play the winner between fifth-seeded Lee (Ark.) and fourth-seeded Carroll Friday at 5:15 in the semi-finals.
The boys consolation game is Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and the championship game Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
The top four teams from district advance to the Class AA North State Tournament next week (February 11-16) at Indianola Academy.
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