Thursday, December 16, 2010
Marshall routs Knights, falls at Hickory Flat
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy basketball teams started the District 1-AA portion of their schedule with 38- and 36-point wins.
The Lady Patriots blasted West Memphis Christian 62-24 Tuesday, Dec. 7, at home. The Patriots followed with a 63-27 rout.
Callie Clanton traveled the length of the court for a lay-up and the MA girls went up 13-1 after one quarter.
They stretched the margin to 28-9 at the half and 51-17 after three.
The Lady Pats hit 11 threes in the game. Clanton drilled four long-range shots and finished with 22 points. Elizabeth Skelton scored 14, including two threes.
“Callie had a big game on both ends of the floor,” coach Craig Dailey said. “Elizabeth is really beginning to find her groove. If she keeps improving, she could give us a big boost.”
The Marshall boys went up 12-2 on Brad Bennett’s three at the end of the first period. Four minutes later, Kevin Fitzpatrick’s steal and lay-up pushed the lead to 25-7. At the half, MA was in control, 37-17.
Jordan Brock hit a pair of threes in the third. It was 59-27 at the end of that quarter.
Eleven Patriots scored. Bennett and Brock led the way with 13 each.
“Brad and Jordan had their best games in awhile,” Dailey said.
One night earlier, December 6, the Patriots had a disastrous night at the free-throw line and fell 54-52 to Fayette (Tenn.) Academy.
The MA boys hit just seven of 21 attempts (33 percent) from the charity stripe.
It was tight contest throughout. The biggest advantage for either team was six. After leading 14-13 after one quarter, Marshall went ahead 21-15 midway through the first half. But Fayette hit a three at the half-time horn to go ahead 28-26.
The matchup was back-and-forth the rest of the way. The Pats trailed by two at the end of the third. In the fourth, they trailed by five with 5:18 left but went ahead 51-49 at the 1:38 mark on Peyton Lewis’ rebound, put-back and free throw.
The game was tied at 51 much of the last minute. Matt Rappa hit a free throw with 16 seconds left to put MA in front by one. But Fayette got a rebound, put-back and free throw with three ticks remaining to pull out the victory.
Aaron McAlexander was the Patriots’ top gun with 13 points. Taylor Maurey had 11 and Fitzpatrick 10.
Ethan Moffett poured in a game-high 27 points for Fayette.
Marshall teams closed out the week with close losses at Hickory Flat Friday night.
A see-saw battle saw the Lady Rebels get the key buckets down the stretch and knock off MA 45-40.
Marshall led 24-20 at the half and stretched the lead to six early in the third on Shaw’s bucket. Hickory Flat rallied to go 33-30 after three periods.
The Lady Pats fell behind by as many as five in the fourth. Then Shaw hit a three at the 2:49 mark to put MA up 38-37.
In the closing minute, Shalonda Reynolds had a key basket for the Lady Rebels and they hung on to win by five.
Shaw had a game-high 21 for Marshall, while Reynolds led Hickory Flat with 18.
“Kelsey played extremely well and gave us a shot to win,” Coach Dailey said.
“Two of 10 free throws in the first half, along with unsmart play, hurt us. We better get it in gear before Kirk on Friday or it could be a long night.”
The Marshall boys fell behind by as many as 12 in the first half but came back to knot the score at 33 at intermission. The game went into overtime with the Rebels winning a thriller, 86-83.
“Coach Segar does a great job and Hickory Flat made the plays and we didn’t on this night – as we did our place (a victory for MA),” Dailey said. “I wish them well the rest of the way and now we go back to MAIS competition pretty game tested.”
Timothy Tatum’s put-back gave Hickory Flat a 22-10 lead with 6:11 to go in the second quarter. Then with 46 seconds to go in the first half MA’s Taylor Maurey cashed in a drive to the hoop and the Pats suddenly led 33-32.
Baskets by Fitzpatrick and Lewis in the third gave MA its biggest lead at 45-39. The game was knotted at 53 after three.
The Rebels’ Tyler Peters got red hot in the fourth. His third three gave the home team a 70-67 lead with 2:29 to go.
Bennett’s put-back with 12 seconds left for Marshall tied the game at 76 and sent it to OT.
In the last 12 seconds of the extra period, Hickory Flat’s Anthony Tucker drove to the goal and scored and later hit two free throws to clinch the three-point victory.
For Marshall, Maurey scored a game-high 25. Chase Ferrell had 15, Fitzpatrick 14 and McAlexander 13.
Five scored in double figures for the Rebels – Tucker with 21, Jamerson Kizer with 16, Peters and Henry Bell with 11 each and Tatum with 10.
MA was 24 of 39 from the free-throw line and Hickory Flat 18 of 31.
“Taylor had a tremendous game and looked like thee Taylor of old,” Dailey said. “That would be a major bright spot from this loss. Chase, Aaron and Kevin gave us a chance to win. We just didn’t make enough plays.”
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