Thursday, January 1, 2009
Jr. high Lady Pats stand 10-4
The Marshall Academy Jr. Lady Patriots break at the halfway point of the season with a 10-4 overall record and 3-0 mark in district play.
The Lady Patriots began the year hosting Magnolia Heights. Led by Emma Elgin’s 21 points, the Lady Pats won 36-24.
H.W. Byers came in next and left with a 29-27 defeat at the hands of the Lady Pats. Elgin had 16 points and Lane Cunningham chipped in six.
The Lady Pats traveled to Oak Hill for their next contest. The Lady Raiders used runs in the second and fourth quarters to pull away from the Lady Pats 39-24. Elgin had nine points and Chelsey Gilliam had six.
The Memphis Nighthawks came calling next and came out on fire. The Nighthawks won 41-17. Elgin led with nine points, followed by Elizabeth Skelton with six.
Tunica Academy came to town next. The Lady Pats handled them easily, winning 42-17. Elgin had 19 points and Gilliam had eight.
The West Memphis Christian Lady Black Knights visited next and left with a convincing 41-23 defeat of the Lady Pats. Cunningham and Elgin led the way with six points apiece.
Regents School of Oxford hosted the Lady Pats and never threatened after tipoff. The Lady Pats won easily 52-13. Cunningham had 10 points and Madison Parker and Skelton added eight points apeice.
The Lady Pats traveled to Marvell, Ark. next to face the Marvell Academy Jr. Lady Eagles. In a defensive struggle, the Lady Pats won a 23-19 decision. Skelton had eight points and Cunningham had six.
The Lady Pats opened district play with a 45-34 victory over Lee Academy (Ark.) at home. Elgin led the way with 15 points and Gilliam added 14.
Traveling to Carrollton for their next district game, the Lady Pats outscored the Lady Rebels 13-5 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 37-29 win. Elgin had 11 points and Gilliam had 10.
The Lady Pats next played at Magnolia Heights in Senatobia. Magnolia Heights hoped to avenge an earlier loss but were disappointed. The Lady Pats rolled to a 44-20 decision. Elgin had 15 points and Cunningham had 12.
Oak Hill came calling next. The Lady Pats looked to avenge an earlier defeat at the hands of the Lady Red Raiders. After a sluggish first half, the Lady Pats came back from 16 points down at one point to tie the game at 29 with a shot to win at the end of regulation. In the overtime period, Oak Hill outscored the Lady Pats 7-4 to win 36-33 in a very thrilling game. Elgin had 17 points and Cunningham had 12 (10 in the second half).
The Lady Pats’ third district game took place in Grenada at Kirk Academy. The Raiderettes were coming off their first victory of the year the night before. Elgin led the way with 17 points and Gilliam chipped in six as the Lady Pats held on for a 28-26 victory.
Marvell Academy visited next. The Lady Pats exploded out of the gate with a 20-1 first quarter and never looked back as they cruised to a 40-24 victory over a very scrappy Jr. Lady Eagles team. Elgin had 16 points and Lori Simpson chipped in 12.
“Going into this season I knew we’d be inexperienced and might struggle at times,” coach David Austin said. “Our early games were not pretty. The girls have maintained wonderful attitudes throughout and have shown remarkable improvement and coachability. I believed we were playing better before we played Oak Hill the second time. The second half of that game really showed what this team could do when they played with heart and intensity at the same time. The first quarter of the Marvell game was a shocker to say the least. We really ‘hit them in the mouth’ and left them shellshocked.
“I’m very proud of how far we’ve come so far this year. As with the boys, we’ve still got a lot of room for improvement and another half of our year to play. We will keep working and try to be the best team we can be.”
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