Thursday, November 4, 2010
Lady Patriots second in tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
Both the Marshall Academy varsity Lady Patriots and the junior high girls finished second in their own preseason tournament last week.
The Lady Patriots opened the tourney with an easy 52-17 win over Lee (Marianna, Ark.) Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Callie Clanton poured in 34 points to start her senior season with a bang. She was 13 of 17 from the free-throw line.
“Callie was on fire,” coach Craig Dailey said. “She has developed into an extremely tough matchup for people.”
The MA girls were up 11-4 after one quarter, 24-6 at the half and 44-13 following three periods.
Marshall was 18 of 26 from the charity stripe.
“As a whole, I thought it was a great all-around first game effort on both ends of the floor,” he said.
Thursday, the Lady Pats advanced to the championship game with a hard-fought 38-30 win over district rival North Delta.
Kelsey Shaw was the top gun on this night. The senior scored 18, including eight of 10 from the free-throw line. Clanton added 12.
“Kelsey had one of her best games ever, on offense and defense,” Dailey said. “She just seemed to hit a big shot every time they made a run.
“Callie had a great second half after making it through foul difficulties. Elizabeth Skelton’s five points in the second quarter gave us a big first half burst.”
Both teams’ defenses dominated in the early going. Marshall led 4-2 after one quarter and managed to stretch it to 16-8 at intermission.
“It was a tremendous defensive ballgame this early,” Coach Dailey said. “North Delta runs a lot of the same stuff from last year and the kids mentally were way ahead due to that.
“Megan (Anderson), Lauralee (Fant), Emma (Elgin), and Lane (Cunningham) all had solid defensive performances.”
Clanton opened the third period with a basket but the Lady Green Wave battled back. The visitors cut their deficit to 18-15 midway through the quarter and forced Coach Dailey to call a timeout.
Back-to-back buckets by Shaw, including one three-pointer, gave the Patriots a 26-18 advantage at the end of the third.
The closest North Delta got in the fourth quarter was four points.
Clanton and Shaw nailed critical free throws in the last two minutes.
“This was a good early win,” Dailey said.
The Lady Patriots dropped a 60-49 decision to Delta in the title contest Saturday night.
“We looked a little timid on offense early and they came out on fire,” he said.
MA trailed 27-14 at the half but kept battling.
“Callie exploded for a huge second half to help us get back in it,” he said. “Kelsey had another good night on offense. Emma hit some big shots and Lane did a great job of helping us to beat their traps.”
Clanton finished with 25 points. Shaw had 14.
“We’ve got to do a better job versus pressure,” Dailey said. “We will get to work and be more prepared the next time.
“I am proud of the fact my girls didn’t quit; we battled to the end and had a chance or two to get back in it.
“Coach Finnie and his girls are an extremely tough opponent. They should win their second straight state Class A title and hopefully we can do our job and get another shot at them at overall.
“I want to thank all the parents and patrons who helped us put on a very successful tournament. It was a great showing by the MA family.”
The Marshall junior high Lady Patriots went 3-1 in the tournament and finished second.
They tipped off tourney competition by downing Marvell (Ark.) 38-22.
The Lady Pats were in control, 22-6, at the half.
Elizabeth Skelton led the offense with 17 points.
The next night, MA’s seventh and eighth graders knocked off another Arkansas school (Lee) 33-12.
The game stayed close until the fourth. MA carried a 22-12 lead to the final quarter and then outscored the Lady Cougars 11-0 in the fourth.
Blake Martin led the Lady Pats with 12 points.
The junior high girls’ most satisfying win of the preseason tournament came Thursday night when they beat Magnolia Heights 35-30.
Skelton lit up the scoreboard with 22 points. She hit four three-pointers, three of those in the second half.
MA led 9-6 after one quarter, 13-10 at the half and 24-18 following three periods.
Martin, who scored eight points, hit four of six free throw tries in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
The junior high Lady Pats fell 48-15 to North Delta in the championship game Saturday.
“The girls played very hard all through the tournament,” coach David Austin said. “Our youth really showed up against North Delta but we will learn and bounce back.”
MA teams visited Lee (Ark.) Monday. They are scheduled to host Tunica next Monday, Nov. 8, and play Myrtle at home next Tuesday, Nov. 9.
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