Thursday, November 26, 2009
Marshall squads move to 6-3, 4-2
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy’s trip to the West Memphis Christian Tournament last week produced mixed results.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots eased by teams from Lee (Marianna, Ark.) and then lost hard-fought battles against talented Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) squads. The MA girls also beat Tunica earlier in the week in a non-tourney game.
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots dominated Tunica Academy 65-11 on Monday of last week at home.
It was 43-7 at the half.
Callie Clanton led the offense with 14 points, followed by Emma Elgin with 13, Kelsey Shaw with 11 and Megan Isbell with 10.
The next win, over Lee (Ark.) wasn’t that easy, but almost. The Lady Pats routed the Lady Cougars 69-39 Thursday at West Memphis, Ark.
It was 29-13 at the half.
Clanton was the top scorer with 20 points, including three threes. Elizabeth Skelton had 14, Emily Burk 13 and Shaw 11.
There were 54 fouls called in the game. MA was 25 of 44 from the free-throw line and Lee 18 of 28.
The Lady Patriots fell behind MHEA 29-15 at the half Saturday afternoon but kept fighting. They came up short, 49-44.
Marshall actually got to within two points early in the fourth period on Elgin’s drive to the goal and bucket. But that’s as close as they would get.
A 51 percent effort from the free-throw stripe proved costly for the Lady Pats. They were 15 of 29, some of those being the front end of one-and-ones.
Burk scored 18 to lead MA’s effort. Shaw followed with 12.
The Lady Pats’ record went to 6-3 on the season.
The Marshall boys did not face Tunica on November 16 due to the Blue Devils still participating in the state football playoffs.
The Patriots opened play in the West Memphis Christian Tournament with a 70-27 blowout of the Lee Cougars.
It was no contest from the start. MA led 22-7 after one quarter and 41-13 at the half.
Ten Patriots scored. Caleb Byrd led the way with 17 points, including three threes. Jordan Brock added 12 and Jake Omedeo 11.
The Marshall Academy boys trailed MHEA the bulk of the first half Saturday, grabbed a lead late in the third quarter and then lost in overtime, 70-67.
The Patriots were down by eight at intermission but slowly sliced into that deficit in the third – thanks in large part to two technical fouls on the MHEA coaching staff.
Brock cashed in all four free throws after the technicals. Then Omedeo sank a three with 2:58 left in the third to put Marshall on top 42-41.
The lead swapped hands a couple of times in the fourth period, with the game going to OT tied at 62.
The Patriots led by as many as three in the extra period before the Eagles rallied and got the three-point win.
Omedeo was MA’s top gun with 18 points. Taylor Maurey scored 14, while Jordan Wyke added 10.
The Pats’ record went to 4-2 on the season.
Marshall Academy teams hosted Oak Hill Tuesday. They then host North Delta on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with junior high games starting at 3 p.m.
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