Thursday, August 5, 2010
Marshall girls improve in summer
By BARRY BURLESON
Summer camps have coach Craig Dailey excited about the next basketball season for his Marshall Academy Lady Patriots.
The girls traveled to Union University Camp, Southaven Camp and played some summer league games. They compiled several wins versus public school competition and then concluded their summer work with a good showing at Madison Ridgeland Academy Camp. At MRA, the Lady Pats beat 3A power Pillow, defending A champ Delta, and defending overall champ East Rankin, just to name a few wins.
“The kids really developed throughout the summer work,” Coach Dailey said. “This is a senior laden group that has a chance to have a tremendous season.”
He talked about individuals and their accomplishments during the summer.
“Callie (Clanton) has improved so much and was dominant at times,” Dailey said.
“Kelsey (Shaw) had some huge games and found a fire in her game that will take us a long way.
“Lauralee (Fant) was superb defensively and is one of the best offensive rebounders I’ve coached.
“Megan (Anderson) was out physically due to her illness, but she was a tremendous leader from the sideline throughout all the camps. I can’t wait to get her back on the court, but I will lose a great assistant coach when she does.
“Lane (Cunningham) is developing into an extremely solid post player.
“Emma (Elgin) can flat shoot. She looked like a senior on the court and should have a stellar year.
“Lori (Simpson) and Madison (Parker) had some big moments.
“Maddie (Anderson) gained a lot of valuable experience versus high school competition.”
Looking ahead, Coach Dailey said he expects stiff competition from Kirk Academy in the district race.
“Plus Leake and Brookhaven will be waiting further down the road,” he said.
“I feel that we can compete with any of them and we proved that this summer on the court.”
“Now we have to get to work, get better and see what we can accomplish. It will be an exciting season.”
Last season the Lady Patriots surged late in the season. MA played the role of shocker in the playoffs before falling in the first round of the Class AA State Tournament. The team finished with a 16-19 record.
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