Thursday, November 19, 2009
Marshall takes wins at Forum
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy basketball teams found shooting at the huge FedEx Forum a bit more difficult Saturday and still managed to turn back Claiborne, La.
Those wins came after a split with Myrtle and a sweep of Marvell (Ark.) earlier in the week.
Emily Burk scored just over half of her team’s points in the Lady Patriots’ 41-31 victory at the home of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Memphis Tigers.
Burk poured in 22, while Callie Clanton added nine.
The game was tied at 5 after one quarter and at 14 at the half. MA (4-2) went ahead 24-21 in the third period and then pulled away in the fourth.
“That’s a tough place to play,” coach Craig Dailey said. “The NBA three-point line and Claiborne gave us fits for three quarters and then we found our flow in the fourth.”
The slow start and cold shooting were similar for the Marshall varsity boys.
They actually trailed by five points (34-29) entering the final quarter and rallied for the 49-44 win over the Rebels. MA improved to 3-1.
Taylor Maurey was the top gun. He scored 21 points, 13 in the fourth. Jake Omedeo and Jordan Brock followed with 10 and nine, respectively. Maurey and Brock hit some free throws in the final seconds to ice the victory.
The score was knotted at 19 at the half.
“The NBA shell (three-point line) bogged down my shooters, and that along with Claiborne’s defense, bogged us down for three quarters,” Coach Dailey said. “We finally got going in the fourth.”
He said playing in the FedEx Forum is an experience the young people will cherish all their lives.
“It’s an experience that doesn’t come along often,” Dailey said. “Playing in tough and different environments will only make us better.
“I would like to thank the parents, and in particular, Gary Hickman and the Bank of Holly Springs for making this event possible for our kids.”
The Marshall girls had a fight on their hands Thursday night at home versus Marvell, while the boys coasted.
The Lady Patriots, trailing by three at the half and by one after three quarters, got back-to-back threes to open the fourth from Kelsey Shaw and Callie Clanton and went on to beat the Lady Eagles 58-50.
Burk, who scored 11 in the fourth, finished with a game-high 23. Shaw and Clanton added 17 and 10, respectively.
Shaw and Clanton combined for six free throws in the final 37 seconds to secure the win.
“Marvell has a very solid group, and they shot the ball extremely well under solid pressure,” Dailey said. “We put together a good effort. I feel good about how we are developing.”
The Marshall Academy boys routed the visitors from Arkansas 72-25.
The Patriots led 31-13 at the half and outscored the Eagles 41-12 in the second half.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a team have 32 points in a quarter,” he said. “We have that potential.
“We have an extremely tough schedule. It’s good to be able to sit back and have fun for a game.”
Four Pats scored in double digits – Jordan Wyke with 18 (six three-pointers), Caleb Byrd with 16, Maurey with 14 and Omedeo with 12.
There were two private school versus public school matchups Tuesday of last week in Myrtle and both well worth the price of admission.
The Lady Patriots made the short ride to Myrtle on Tuesday of last week and beat the Lady Hawks 41-32.
MA led 11-3 after one quarter, 18-13 at the half and 28-23 following three periods.
Shaw gunned in 17 for Marshall, while Burk and Clanton scored 10 each.
“This was by far our best effort of the year,” Dailey said. “Myrtle was missing their star post player, but they are still a very talented bunch and we played extremely well defensively.
“We are a pretty balanced offensive team and it shows in how our scoring is spread out.
“This was a big early win against a strong public school.”
The home team took the nightcap. The Hawks grabbed the momentum in the second half and snatched the 78-61 win over MA.
The Patriots trailed 18-13 after one period, 36-27 at the half and 54-36 after three periods.
Wyke led Marshall with 22 points, including five threes. Omedeo scored 13, Maurey 10 and Byrd nine.
“I felt going in this would be the best team I’d ever coached against,” Dailey said. “Afterwards, I was correct. They have all the tools. It was a pleasure for us to compete with them. It will only make us better.
“We will see them again in January (at home). We will see how much better we’ve gotten. Myrtle is a hard place to play, but MA can be as well.”
Marshall Academy teams play in the West Memphis Christian Tournament Thursday at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Next Tuesday, Nov. 24, Marshall hosts Oak Hill Academy with junior high games starting at 2 p.m.
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