Thursday, December 24, 2009
MA boys ease by Kirk
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy split with District 1-AA foe Kirk and then lost a pair to big school St. Benedict in basketball action last week.
The Patriots go to the Christmas recess with a 10-4 record, while the Lady Patriots stand 8-9.
The Patriots fell behind the Raiders 6-0 early Friday night but then went on a 32-4 run to tuck the win away by halftime.
MA left Grenada with an easy 61-34 victory.
All 11 Patriots scored. Leading the balanced offensive attack were Caleb Byrd and Chase Ferrell with 10 each. Jordan Wyke and Jordan Brock scored nine and eight, respectively.
The Lady Patriots stayed close to the Lady Raiders early but slipped in the second half. They fell 57-33.
Callie Clanton’s three put MA ahead 7-0 with 4:23 to go in the first quarter but Kirk rallied to lead 16-14 after one quarter.
The Lady Raiders, who improved to 13-1, were up 26-19 at the half.
In the third, the turnover bug bit the Lady Pats and they fell behind 34-22 before losing by 24.
Clanton was the team’s top scorer with 13.
The MA girls battled hard against the larger school from neighboring Tennessee Saturday at home before coming up short, 47-43.
The Lady Patriots were down 16-13 after one quarter, rallied to lead 24-22 at the half and then trailed 39-35 following three periods.
Emily Burk powered MA’s offense with 19 points. Clanton added 14.
Nine players scored for St. Benedict’s balanced offense.
The Marshall boys fell victim to St. Benedict’s strong second half. They lost 75-51.
The Patriots were behind 18-12 after one quarter and 37-27 at the half. That deficit increased to 55-40 following three periods.
Taylor Maurey scored 10 to lead the Pats. Contributing eight each were Byrd, Brock and Jake Omedeo.
Marshall teams play in the Magnolia Heights Classic next week, Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28-30.
The Lady Patriots face Lewisburg in the first round Monday at 1 p.m., while the Patriots will meet Briarcrest Monday at 2:15 p.m.
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