Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lady Pats knock off JA 54-25
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy varsity teams made the three-hour trek south on I-55 Friday, and one of those returned with a win over big school Jackson Academy.
The Lady Patriots got 29 points from Traci Rodgers and played stellar defense in the dominating 54-25 victory.
“JA has tremendous basketball tradition and to get a win against them anytime is a big win,” said head coach Craig Dailey.
He said his team’s effort on offense was actually a bit sluggish.
“It wasn’t very pretty, but I’m sure JA’s defense had something to do with it,” Dailey said.
“Traci outscored JA by four. You can’t do much better than that. Kelsey (Shaw) had some big baskets that gave us some separation. Emily (Burk) and Callie (Clanton) hit some key shots in the fourth and helped put it away.”
Shaw finished with eight points, while Burk scored six and Clanton five.
Defensively, Dailey said the anchors were Molly West and Regan Murphy.
“Our defense was pretty dominating,” he said. “Holding JA to two points in the first quarter and three in the fourth was big.”
The MA girls (26-7 overall and 10-0 in the district) are the top seed going into the District 1-AA Tournament this week at home. They get a opening-round bye and face the Carroll-Lee (Ark.) winner Friday night at 6:30 in the semi-finals.
“Everyone please come out and support these young ladies as they try to reach a district championship,” Dailey said.
The Class AA Patriots stayed close to Class AAA Jackson Academy in the first half before losing 52-34.
The game was tied at 11 after one quarter, and JA held a slim 19-17 lead at the intermission. But the home team outscored Marshall 17-5 in the third quarter to take control.
“The boys played tremendously the first half, but JA took it to us in the second half,” Dailey said.
“We showed our potential, but we also showed our youth and how far we need to go to be where we want to be. We will learn from this and use it down the stretch.”
Caleb Byrd led the Pats on offense with 11 points. Jake Omedeo followed with seven, and Chase Ferrell had six.
The MA boys (18-12 overall and 10-0 in the district) are also the top seed entering the district tournament this week in Holly Springs. They receive a first-round bye and play the Carroll-Lee (Ark.) winner Friday night at 7:45 in the semi-finals. Dailey also encouraged MA fans to fill the gym this weekend in support of the Patriots.
Tournament action starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The championship games are slated for 4:30 (girls) and 5:45 (boys) on Saturday.
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