Thursday, November 1, 2012
Lady Pats second in tourney
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots opened the basketball season last week with a second-place finish in their own tournament.
Coach Craig Dailey’s varsity squad knocked off Tunica and Magnolia Heights before falling to Kirk in the championship game.
Three Lady Patriots – Elizabeth Skelton, Blake Martin and Megan Watkins – scored 17 points each in the 57-26 rout of Tunica Monday night, Oct. 22.
MA enjoyed a comfortable 27-11 halftime lead.
The next night the MA girls went to war versus Magnolia Heights and survived with a 44-32 victory.
Strong defense and free throws dominated the game.
Marshall went up 11-6 after one quarter and increased its advantage to 21-12 at intermission.
Magnolia Heights cut it to two late in the third, but Martin’s basket stretched the score to 25-21 to end the quarter.
Skelton opened the third with a three-pointer and she carried the team to a 12-point win. She finished with 25 points, 19 in the second half.
The Lady Patriots then fell 45-38 to Kirk Saturday evening in the finals.
They battled back from a three-point deficit to lead 29-28 after three quarters. But the fourth was all Lady Raiders.
Skelton finished with 20 points.
Junior high girls
The junior high Lady Pats also placed second in the tournament.
They bombed Tunica Academy 50-10, downed Magnolia Heights 26-21 and lost to Kirk 43-18.
Blake Martin led the way with 19 versus Tunica, while Hayleigh Mason had 10.
Martin scored 19 of her team’s 26 against Magnolia Heights.
In the title game versus Kirk, Audrey Poole had a team-high seven.
MA teams (girls and boys) will go to Heritage this week, October 30 and November 1, for a pre-season classic. Games start at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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