Thursday, December 6, 2012
Marshall sweeps rival Chiefs
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a night that rekindled the rivalry fires.
With students on both sides standing and shouting throughout, the Marshall Academy Patriots pulled out a dramatic 62-56 win over Magnolia Heights Thursday night to complete a varsity sweep in Senatobia.
“Man, what an atmosphere,” coach Craig Dailey said. “I had several people come up to me after the game and tell me it was like the ‘old days’ of Magnolia Heights versus Marshall, Fayette versus Marshall.
“It was a lot of fun. Stress, pressure, tough, but that’s what it’s all about.”
The Patriots, after falling behind 10-4 early, seemed to have things in control at halftime. They went up 31-21 on Dakota Dailey’s three with 56 seconds to go before intermission.
But the third quarter was all Chiefs. They outscored MA 23-12 and snatched a 44-43 lead entering the fourth.
With the intensity going crazy in the final period, Dailey nailed a pair of threes, Brad Bennett hit a long-range shot and Peyton Lewis sank a short jumper off an in-bounds pass.
Then Dailey sank two free throws with nine seconds to go to secure the victory.
Dailey finished with 20 points, while Lewis added 19 and Bennett 13.
“Dakota got rolling in the fourth,” Coach Dailey said. “I thought he mentally handled the Magnolia Heights pep section well. That comes with the territory and all the great ones have faced it along the way.
“Peyton was steady all the way through. Brad had to handle the stopper role and be a shooter; that’s a dual role that is very tough to do.”
The Lady Patriots claimed a hard-fought 44-38 win over the rival Lady Chiefs to start the varsity action Thursday.
Elizabeth Skelton, Megan Watkins and Wesleyann Ray each hit a three in the first quarter as the MA girls led 13-12.
They stretched the margin to 24-18 at the half.
At the 6:28 mark of the third, Ray’s third three of the night gave the Lady Pats their biggest lead at 29-22.
Marshall, which struggled throughout from the free-throw line, got some key charity shots from Skelton, Kara Novarese and Watkins in the last couple of minutes to ice the six-point victory.
Skelton scored 13 to lead the offense. Ray had 11.
“Elizabeth handled the doubles and triples well – staying under control,” Dailey said.
“Magnolia Heights had a good game plan to make someone other than Elizabeth and Blake (Martin) beat them and Wesleyann stepped up – drilling three huge threes.
“Megan (Watkins) and Blake did a really good job of contributing offensively as well (scoring eight and seven, respectively). They kept Magnolia Heights more honest in the second half.”
Marshall teams split with Claiborne Academy, La., Monday of last week at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
The Lady Pats fell 33-31 to a team picked by many to win Class A this season.
“It was by far the best game we’ve played all year,” Dailey said.
Skelton was the top scorer with 13. Novarese had nine and Martin eight.
The MA boys surged ahead 42-16 at halftime and beat Claiborne 53-32.
Lewis, who was three of four from the NBA three-point line to start, finished with 16 points. Devonte Smith had nine and Bennett eight.
“It was a good game just out of football and a good FedEx game where we were able to get everyone some time on the court and let them enjoy playing in that venue,” Dailey said.
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