Thursday, January 8, 2009
MA on court during holidays
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy ventured into the land of the public schools Saturday and left with two wins.
The Patriots dominated Falkner 55-36 in the North Pontotoc Shootout, and the Lady Indians hung on for a 57-56 win over Nettleton.
Coach Craig Dailey said his Patriots (11-9 overall) put together their “most complete game of the year” in beating Falkner by 19 points.
“This (Falkner) is a team that would have given us fits the first of the year,” he said. “We’re really coming together as we head back into district play.”
Marshall had a slim 32-26 halftime lead but held Falkner to just 10 points in the second half. MA outscored its opponent 16-4 in the fourth.
“It was tremendous team defense in the second half,” Dailey said. “Jake (Omedeo) had a great defensive game on their 6’5” post player, and John (Tomlinson) shut down their shooting guard.”
Meanwhile, Caleb Byrd was red hot. He scored 23, including four three-pointers in the second quarter. Taylor Maurey added 11 points.
“When Caleb is on like he was Saturday, we’re extremely hard to beat,” he said. “Taylor, Jordan (Brock) and Chase (Ferrell) had solid all-around games.”
The Marshall girls (17-6 overall) saw a 42-30 lead after three quarters evaporate. But Regan Murphy nailed a couple of free throws in the closing seconds to put the Lady Pats up by four and Nettleton hit a three at the buzzer. MA survived.
“They’re a 3A public school with good athletes,” Dailey said. “It was a good win for us.”
Traci Rodgers finished with 22 points, 17 of those coming in the second half. Callie Clanton gunned in 14.
“Traci got going in the second half, and Callie had one of her best offensive games of the year,” he said. “We need this type of production from her down the stretch.”
He said Emily Burk and Kelsey Shaw hit some big shots, and Burk “played a tremendous defensive game alternating on their two stars.”
He also praised Molly West and Murphy for their good defensive efforts and huge free throws down the stretch.
MA trailed 21-20 at the half. Then the Lady Pats outscored Nettleton 22-9 in the third quarter to take the 12-point lead into the final frame.
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