Thursday, January 28, 2010
Patriots earn top seed; Lady Pats beat Colonels
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots will go into the February 4-6 District 1-AA Tournament as the top seed.
They secured the spot last week with easy wins over Indianola and Kirk. Those followed a big victory over Memphis Home School Association, a team MA had lost to earlier in the season.
“We were a little lethargic in our final two district wins,” coach Craig Dailey said, “but with the number one seed wrapped up and blowouts the last times (versus Indianola and Kirk), it’s understandable. We get back to work this week to solidify everything for the playoffs with a hard week of fundamental work.”
The Marshall boys improved to 19-6 overall and 7-1 in the district.
The Lady Patriots, who lost January 19 to MHEA, rebounded for a huge win at Indianola Friday night and then dropped a close contest to district-leading Kirk Saturday. The Marshall girls went to 12-15 overall and 3-5 in the district.
“I can’t say enough about my girls,” he said. “The biggest thing is we’re still kicking, and anything is possible in the playoffs.”
The MA boys, determined to avenge the November loss, got a combined 49 points from Jordan Wyke and Taylor Maurey in a 75-60 win.
Wyke scored 25 and Maurey 24. Jake Omedeo added 10.
“This is our second repay of an earlier loss,” Dailey said. “The guys are playing at a very high level that we must maintain to the tournaments.”
The Patriots led by five after one quarter and stretched the lead to 34-22 at intermission.
Wyke hit a three with 11 seconds left in the third period to up the advantage to 21 points (56-35).
Dailey praised “another all-star defensive game” from John Tomlinson.
The Lady Patriots stayed close to MHEA throughout but couldn’t get over the hump. They fell 46-43.
“It was another tough loss versus a quality opponent, but you can see us making a turn,” Dailey said.
They trailed 9-6 after one quarter and 17-11 at the half due to the Lady Eagles’ three at the buzzer.
Marshall’s deficit was as much as 11 points in the third period, but six straight points from Emma Elgin near the end of the quarter trimmed the margin to 30-28.
The Lady Pats tied the game on Kelsey Shaw’s shot before going back down by four and then losing by three.
Emily Burk led MA with 15 points. Elgin added 12 and Shaw 10.
The Lady Patriots got 18 points from Elgin – 13 of those in the second half – as they beat Indianola 40-30 on the Lady Colonels’ home floor. MA had lost to Indianola a week earlier in Holly Springs.
“This was a huge win; this wipes away every loss except the Kirk games,” Dailey said. “It puts us in the three spot (in the district tournament), which is the same as the two and we play one less put-out. I’m proud of theese girls for the way they’ve battled.”
Marshall trailed 7-6 after one quarter but then took a 14-12 halftime lead on Shaw’s two free throws.
Callie Clanton cashed in back-to-back buckets to end the third and the Lady Pats surged ahead 27-21.
They led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter on Burk’s three. Then Elgin hit two free throws with 59 seconds left to seal the deal.
The MA boys started slowly against a team they had beaten by 44 points a week earlier at home. But they pulled away in the second half for a 59-36 win.
The Pats led 10-4 after a quarter and 24-14 at the half. But they turned it up a notch in the third. Caleb Byrd hit back-to-back threes and they were up 34-14 at the 5:35 mark. Seven straight points by Maurey stretched the margin to 44-25 at the end of the third.
Maurey was the top gun with 16. Byrd added 14.
“It is fun and exciting that we have several people who can step up and score on any given night,” Dailey said.
The Lady Patriots put a scare into the rival Lady Raiders Saturday evening in Holly Springs before Kirk escaped with 32-23 win and 25-1 overall record.
In a defensive war, the Marshall girls led 12-9 after one quarter and trailed 14-13 at the half. In the third Chelsey Gilliam scored consecutive baskets and MA went ahead 20-17. But Kirk came back to lead 22-20 after three periods and stretch its advantage in the fourth.
“We all raised our game and had a different mental focus,” Dailey said. “Kirk is 25-1, but they were in a war for four quarters. Hopefully we can get another shot at them two weeks from now.”
Shaw’s six points were tops for MA.
The Lady Patriots were four of 12 from the free-throw stripe in the loss.
Much like the night before, the Marshall boys struggled early against a team it dominated earlier in the year. But once again, they woke up in the second half and routed the Raiders 58-33.
Byrd’s three gave MA an 18-14 lead following one quarter. Then Jordan Brock scored four straight points to close the second period and give the home team a 28-19 lead.
Maurey, on an assist from Jake Omedeo, put the Pats in front by 17 late in the third. The margin was 42-23 at the end of the period, and Marshall coasted to the 25-point win to wrap up regular season district play.
Maurey poured in a game-high 20 points. Brock added 12.
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