Thursday, March 17, 2011
Marshall coach, players enjoy all-star experience
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy was well represented in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star Basketball Games.
Coach Craig Dailey and senior players Kelsey Shaw, Callie Clanton and Taylor Maurey participated on Saturday, March 5, at Mississippi College in Clinton.
“In an all-star setting, it is always funny to watch kids who have battled and at times hated each other, within minutes become lifelong friends,” Dailey said. “The same things that put them at odds for so long – competitiveness, drive, ambition, heart – pull them together and form a bond in seconds. That’s what sports is all about.”
He was the head coach of the North AA-AAA girls team, which lost 74-67 to the South. The North AA-AAA boys fell 102-101 in overtime to the South.
Shaw and Clanton played for the North girls.
“Kelsey (Shaw) had a great all-star week,” Dailey said. “She competed with the best in AA and AAA. Kelsey has always had a special knack for being able to raise her game to her opponent’s and all-star week was no different. It’s been a special experience in my life working with this wonderful young lady.
“Callie (Clanton) proved she has the ability and skill to be right in the mix with the best players in our association. Mississippi College met us outside the locker room after the game and showed a ton of interest. Regardless of her school choice next year, she will make someone a great player at the next level. She has made me a better coach. I’m going to miss her.”
Maurey played for the North boys.
“Taylor’s all-star game was one of the most exciting I’ve ever seen,” Coach Dailey said. “He has always found a way to make his team better. ‘Floor generals’ are special players. They lead you into battle and become an extension of you on the court. In 19 years of coaching, I have never had one better or had one fill his role at a higher level. Number 24 has handed down a perfect example of what a team leader is supposed to be.”
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