Thursday, December 10, 2009
MA takes two from Chiefs
By BARRY BURLESON
A sweep of rival Magnolia Heights highlighted Marshall Academy’s week on the basketball floor.
The Class AA Lady Patriots and Patriots claimed eight- and three-point wins, respectively, over the Class AAA visitors from Senatobia Thursday night.
“Magnolia versus Marshall is like Ole Miss versus Mississippi State,” coach Craig Dailey said. “These were big wins for us.”
Callie Clanton was on fire for the MA girls. She scored 27 points, including six threes, in the 44-36 win.
“That was a tremendous offensive performance,” Dailey said.
The Lady Pats led 5-3 after one quarter but exploded in the second, largely due to Clanton, who hit three of her long-range bombs in the period. The halftime margin was 23-8.
The Lady Chiefs battled back in the second half with some three-point shooting of their own.
But MA hung on down the stretch, thanks to the free-throw shooting of Emily Burk, Kelsey Shaw and Clanton. The three combined to go 13 of 16 from the line in the last quarter. Burk was seven of eight from the stripe in the fourth and finished with nine points.
“We played well – filling our roles in a new offensive rotation we are developing,” Dailey said.
The Marshall boys took a different approach but still came out victorious, 59-56.
They started slowly, trailing 19-8 after one period, but rallied behind the three-point shooting of Jordan Wyke. He finished with 26 points, 18 of those coming on long-range shots.
“Jordo was absolutely on fire all night,” Dailey said. “The Chiefs had no answer.”
Marshall battled back to tie the game in the second quarter but trailed 32-31 at the break.
The Patriots led 47-45 at the end of three.
They upped that advantage to as many as eight in the third quarter but Magnolia Heights kept clawing and cut the margin to three in the closing seconds. The Chiefs’ shot at the buzzer to tie just missed the mark.
Taylor Maurey was also in double figures for MA. He scored 10. Caleb Byrd and Chase Ferrell added eight each.
“Magnolia is a very solid team – big, strong, physical with some good players,” Coach Dailey said. “This was good win against an opponent that seems to want us worse than anyone. The boys are really coming together.”
The Patriots used a strong second half to ease by North Delta December 1 at home in their district opener, while the Lady Patriots lost a big lead and the game.
The Marshall boys struggled in the first half. The game was tied at 12 after one quarter and MA trailed 32-31 at the half.
“They lit us up the first half,” Dailey said. “Our second-quarter defense was horrible. With some half-time adjustments, we shut them down the second half.”
But the third and fourth periods were all Patriots as they pulled away for the big 70-44 win.
Wyke, Maurey and Ferrell did most of the damage as they scored 20, 16 and 14 points, respectively.
“North Delta boys are extremely athletic and will improve each game,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see them at the end if we do our job.”
The girls contest was a strange one, to say the least. North Delta survived a 40-39 slugfest.
The Lady Pats opened the game with a 16-0 run. North Delta answered with a 17-0 run to lead 17-16 with 4:26 to go in the second quarter.
“We blew a 16-0 lead,” Dailey said. “I’ve never had that happen. Part of the reason is we are so streaky on offense.”
The Lady Green Wave was up 24-19 at the half.
MA fell behind as many as nine in the third but rallied to tie the game at 28 on back-to-back buckets from Clanton.
In the fourth, North Delta led by as many as six. Baskets from Burk got the Lady Patriots closer but the Lady Wave’s free-throw shooting in the closing seconds was the difference.
Clanton scored 16 and Burk 14 in the loss.
“The girls showed a lot of heart to pull to within one point in the end,” the coach said. “It’s all still in our hands. We will play North Delta at their place and the rest of the district ahead of us.”
MA squads invaded West Point Saturday and split with Oak Hill.
The Patriots were in cruise control throughout, winning 63-35.
Top scorers were Jordan Brock with 19 and Wyke and Byrd with 10 each.
“Oak Hill is a tough place to play,” Dailey said, “but our high school boys never led that enter in versus a lesser opponent.”
The Lady Patriots led a 14-3 first-quarter lead slip away and lost 51-46.
Marshall maintained a 24-22 advantage at the half, but the Lady Raiders went on a 13-7 run in the third and held on for the five-point victory.
Hitting in double figures for MA were Burk with 16 and Shaw with 11.
“Our new rotation gave them trouble,” he said. “We just didn’t make the plays at the end. We’re headed in the right direction. We just have to finish strong in our district games.”
The Lady Patriots (7-6) and the Patriots (8-2) host Potts Camp Saturday night.
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