Thursday, February 10, 2011
MA girls, boys take second, advance
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy basketball teams, who went unbeaten in District 1-AA regular season play, settled for second place in the post-season tournament.
The Lady Patriots fell to Kirk Academy in the district championship game and the Patriots lost to West Memphis Christian. Their season marks went to 21-12 and 24-7, respectively.
Both squads advanced to the North AA Tournament at Kirk Academy in Grenada. They played Monday of this week in round one.
The MA girls started slowly and never got things in gear versus Kirk, a team it had beaten twice in the regular season. They lost 37-20.
The Lady Pats fell behind 7-0 before Callie Clanton hit a three at the 2:17 mark of the first quarter.
The Lady Raiders stretched their lead to 20-5 after one quarter and were up 29-15 following three.
Marshall’s top scorer was Clanton with eight.
Named to the all-tournament team were Clanton, Kelsey Shaw and Emma Elgin.
The MA boys dropped a fast-paced shootout with West Memphis, a squad it had defeated twice in the regular season. They fell 80-76.
The Patriots grabbed the momentum early, thanks to Taylor Maurey’s scoring. His three with 7:05 to go in the second quarter gave Marshall its largest lead of the game at 23-15.
But two minutes later the Black Knights’ David Robilio drilled a long-range bomb and they had their first advantage at 24-23.
MA trailed by seven with 2:12 to go in the half. Peyton Lewis’ bucket with three seconds left cut the deficit to 38-35 at intermission.
West Memphis stayed in front in the third. They led by 10 at the 4:36 mark.
But the Patriots battled back. Lewis’ three sliced the hole to 52-49 at the end of the quarter.
MA tried to snatch the advantage in the fourth but never could. The game was tied at 63 with 4:14 left but West Memphis responded and went on to win by four despite a pair of three by Lewis in the last minute.
Lewis tossed in 27 points to lead MA. Maurey added 20 and Kevin Fitzpatrick 12.
Named to the all-tournament team were Maurey, Ferrell and Lewis.
The top-seeded Marshall girls, after getting a first-round bye, dominated West Memphis 61-24 Friday in the District 1-AA Tournament semi-finals.
They led 14-4 after one, 30-12 at half and 48-17 following three.
Clanton sparked the offense with 22 points, including four threes. Shaw also had four threes and finished with 16 points. Elizabeth Skelton scored 10.
The top-seeded Marshall boys, who received an opening-round bye, struggled early versus Kirk in the semi-finals Saturday but found its groove and rolled to a 76-36 win.
Marshall’s margin was just 12-9 at the end of the first period. Andy Burleson, Matt Rappa and Joey Omedeo scored buckets within a two-minute stretch of the second quarter and the lead was 27-15. Jordan Brock drove to the hoop and scored to close the half and the Pats were in command, 39-19 at the break.
They doubled that margin and won by 40.
Eleven Patriots scored. Lewis had 15 and Fitzpatrick 12. Rappa and Maurey added nine each.
Prior to the district tournament, MA teams traveled I-55 South Monday of last week for games with Class AAA Madison Ridgeland Academy.
The Lady Patriots lost 49-33.
Clanton was the top scorer with 13. Shaw contributed nine.
The Patriots fell 71-57 to a team that has won more than 60 games straight versus Mississippi Association of Independent Schools opponents.
The MA boys trailed 52-38 after three quarters and cut it to six in the fourth before losing by 14.
Scoring in double digits were Ferrell with 14 and Maurey and Lewis with 11 each.
With wins this past Monday, MA teams would play Wednesday of this week at 5 pm. and 6:15 p.m. in the quarter-finals. The semi-finals and finals are Friday and Saturday at Kirk Academy.
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