Thursday, December 17, 2009
Lady Patriots beat West Memphis; MA boys fall to Black Knights
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy split a pair of district games Tuesday of last week at West Memphis.
The Lady Patriots turned back the Lady Knights 53-49, while the Patriots fell 61-55.
The MA girls led 27-22 at the half but fell behind 39-38 after three quarters. Then they went on a 15-10 run in the fourth to pull out the four-point win.
“They just packed back in that zone and dared us to shoot,” coach Craig Dailey said. “We finally hit enough to pull away.”
Callie Clanton was the leading scorer with 19 points. Emily Burk added 14, Emma Elgin 11 and Kelsey Shaw nine. He complimented the offensive production of all four.
The Marshall boys displayed what Dailey called “the worst defensive effort since I’ve been at MA” in their six-point setback.
“That will change,” he said. “We’re getting back to the basics. We are going to guard first and then figure out the rest.”
The game was tight throughout. The Patriots led 18-16 after one quarter, 28-27 at the half and 41-39 after three, but let the lead slip away down the stretch.
“West Memphis is West Memphis; they’re not going to lay down and they didn’t,” Dailey said. “They whipped us.”
Jordan Wyke gunned in 21 points for Marshall, including five threes. Chase Ferrell added 14.
MA was seven of 14 from the free-throw stripe.
“We all went cold in the second half,” Dailey said. “Our free throws killed us.
“It will be a different effort the next time we play West Memphis – I promise.”
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