Thursday, January 21, 2010
Marshall boys atop district
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots put themselves in the District 1-AA driver’s seat last week by sweeping three opponents.
The MA boys, coached by Craig Dailey, downed West Memphis, Indianola and North Delta to improve to 5-1 in the district race. They’re 16-6 overall.
“The boys made a huge statement in the West Memphis game,” coach Craig Dailey said. “I’m excited about where we are and where we show the potential to be.”
The Marshall girls beat West Memphis and then lost to the Lady Colonels and Lady Green Waves. Their district mark went to 2-4, and they’re 11-13 overall.
“The girls just have to battle for that three spot in district,” Dailey said. “They’re playing hard – just have to get ‘un-snake’ bit.”
The Patriots avenged a six-point loss earlier in the season to the Black Knights. And they did it in dominant fashion, winning 61-25, Tuesday of last week at home.
MA took a 15-9 lead in the first quarter, largely due to Chase Ferrell’s 10 points. He finished with a team-best 18.
Caleb Byrd drained a three near the end of the half and the Pats carried a 27-13 lead to the locker room.
The lead stretched to 20 midway through the third period when Jordan Wyke sank two threes and Byrd one.
Marshall went on to win by 36 points.
Wyke added 16 points and Byrd eight.
David Robilio, the Knights’ scoring star, was held to just five points by MA’s defense.
The Lady Patriots had a battle on their hands from West Memphis but managed to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 54-45 win.
The game was tied at 11 after one quarter. MA trailed 21-20 at the half and led 38-37 following three periods, thanks to back-to-back threes from Emily Burk and Kelsey Shaw.
In the fourth, the three parade continued. Callie Clanton hit one and then Shaw canned another. Emma Elgin later scored, was fouled and hit a free throw to ice the win.
Burk, Shaw, and Clanton all scored 17 points each for the Lady Pats. The three combined for seven three-pointers.
Indianola led briefly 2-0 Friday night in Holly Springs. Then it was all Patriots. MA won 67-23.
The lead was 37-7 after one quarter, 45-12 at the half and 53-22 after three periods.
Mitch Gholson’s three stretched the lead to 40 in the fourth and the Pats went on to win by 44.
Top scorers for the home team were Jake Omedeo with 14, Taylor Maurey with 11 and Joey Omedeo with nine. Adding eight each were Wyke, Ferrell and Jordan Brock.
The Marshall girls were in control most of the way versus Indianola but couldn’t hang on. The Lady Colonels escaped with a 47-43 win.
The Lady Patriots were up by as many as 11 in the first half. Burk’s drive and basket made it 21-10 at the 2:36 mark of the second quarter. They led 23-14 at the half.
The game tightened in the third. Indianola hit three three-pointers and sliced the deficit to 33-31.
The teams swapped threes twice in the fourth, the latter giving Indianola a 44-43 lead. They later sank one free throw and missed the second but scored on a putback to secure the four-point victory.
Shaw scored 13 for MA. Clanton and Elgin scored 11. Burk had eight.
The Green Waves put up a strong fight Saturday evening in Batesville, but the Marshall boys earned the 60-48 win.
Brock scored on a spin move to put MA on the scoreboard first. The game was knotted at 13 after one quarter. Four and half minutes into the second quarter, Wyke hit back-to-back threes and MA was up 31-19. But North Delta didn’t die. The Patriots’ lead was 38-32 at halftime.
Marshall led by as many as 13 in the third period, thanks to three straight threes – one by Maurey and two by Wyke. The Pats were up 53-44 after three and won by 12.
Wyke gunned in 25 points. Brock followed with 14. Jake Omedeo scored 11 and Maurey eight.
Defense dominated the girls’ game. The Lady Patriots lost the low-scoring affair, 34-25.
MA led 8-5 early on Burk’s three and was up 10-7 after one quarter.
But North Delta bounced back to lead 16-13 at the half and 25-18 after three periods.
MA got to within three in the fourth but couldn’t complete the rally.
Clanton’s eight points were high for Marshall.
MA teams hosted Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) Tuesday. They go to Indianola Friday and host Kirk Saturday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 26, they host Lee (Ark.) for their last home games of the season.
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