Thursday, November 12, 2009
Marshall sweeps Lee
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy varsity basketball teams made the long trip to Marianna, Ark., Monday, Nov. 2, and returned to Mississippi with blowout wins.
It was the season opener for the Patriots, while the Lady Patriots improved to 1-2 after two losses in the Magnolia Heights Tournament.
The MA boys were in control throughout and downed the Cougars 77-43.
“This was a good opening game for us, and now due to scheduling conflicts, we will face the ‘Goliath’ which is Myrtle in the second game,” said coach Craig Dailey.
The Pats and Lady Pats traveled to Myrtle on Tuesday of this week.
Hitting in double digits in the win over Lee were Jordan Wyke with 21, Jordan Brock with 17 and Taylor Maurey with 12. Jake Omedeo and Matt Rappa scored nine each. Wyke also had seven assists.
MA led 42-29 at the half.
“Offensively, we were steady and solid throughout,” Dailey said. “Defensively, we were slow out of the gate and then tightened up in the second half. We didn’t move our feet in the press and got several cheap fouls. We’ve got to focus more fundamentally.”
The Marshall girls actually trailed the Lady Cougars at the half, 25-21, but outscored them 45-11 in the second half for an easy 66-36 win.
“It was an ugly first half, but the kids responded and exploded in the second half,” Dailey said. “It was good to get a game like this one under our belt after two tough leadoff games. Now back to the grind as we face many people’s preseason number 1 school (Myrtle) in the MHSAA.”
Emily Burk and Callie Clanton were the top scorers with 21 and 18 points, respectively. Clanton also had seven steals in the second half and Burk five. Scoring eight points each were Kelsey Shaw and Chelsey Gilliam.
The Lady Patriots tipped off their season with a 42-37 loss to rival Kirk in the preseason tournament at Senatobia.
The game was tight throughout.
Burk was the only MA player to score in double figures. She had 13. Emma Elgin added nine.
“It was a tough first game,” Dailey said. “Kirk has really improved. Coach (Mike) Reans has made a quick difference. It’s going to be a dogfight in the district race. Luckily this one won’t count in the district standings. We just have to get better.”
The Lady Pats were 13 of 25 from the free-throw line.
“We lost 17 free throw points when you include the front end of one-and-ones,” Dailey said.
The MA girls also suffered a 57-39 setback to Class AAA Pillow Academy in the tournament. Clanton scored 19 in the loss. Elgin added eight.
Marshall trailed 24-15 at halftime.
“Ouch, that was a juggernaut,” Dailey said about big school Pillow. “Their strengths went to our weaknesses. We have to get better. Pillow will be number one or number two in AAA.”
Marshall hosts Marvell, Ark., Thursday night.
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