Thursday, February 25, 2010
Prairie View eliminates MA girls
By BARRY BURLESON
The Lady Patriots’ electric run through the postseason ended Tuesday of last week.
The Marshall Academy girls lost 59-28 to Prairie View (La.) in the opening round of the Class AA State Tournament at Indianola.
The setback came after some critical wins late in the regular season and some even bigger victories over heavily-favored teams at North State. The Lady Pats finished 16-19.
“We had been playing at the top of our game for three or four weeks,” coach Craig Dailey said. “It was a great finish for the girls. We strung a lot of great games together against some tough competition.
“I’m disappointed in our last game. No excuses – but we had some players who were sick, even getting an IV before the game.
“All in all, the girls really accomplished a lot this season.”
Marshall tried to dig itself out of an early 15-1 hole versus Prairie View but couldn’t. The Lady Patriots trailed 29-14 at the half and 46-25 following three periods.
Callie Clanton was the only MA player scoring in double digits. She had 12.
Prairie View’s star player, Caroline Oliphant, poured in 26 points.
“At the end of the day, Oliphant is just tough,” Coach Dailey said. “She’s a tough matchup for us.”
The Marshall squad loses one senior – Emily Burk.
“Emily had a heck of a career,” he said. “She will play in the all-star game, and I’m very proud of what she’s accomplished as a Lady Patriot.”
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