Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lady Patriots, Lady Indians fall in round one
By BARRY BURLESON
Two Marshall County teams saw their seasons come to an end in the opening round of north half play last week.
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots lost 63-50 to Prairie View (La.), while the Byhalia Lady Indians fell 85-48 to Ripley, Both games were played Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The Lady Patriots took a 33-28 lead to the locker room at halftime of the Class AA North State game at Batesville but couldn’t hang on. They were down 43-40 after three quarters before losing by 13.
“The girls took the fight to them,” coach Craig Dailey said. “They made a heck of a run at them, and I am very proud of the season they have had under tough conditions. All I ask of any of my teams is giving me all they have and the girls definitely gave that to me.”
Elizabeth Skelton led the MA offense with 22 points. Emma Elgin followed with 17.
“Elizabeth played the best game I have seen her have,” Dailey said. “She has become a tremendous basketball player.
“Emma (one of three seniors) played the way she has all year and throughout her career. She has been a pleasure to coach and has represented my program like few have.”
The Marshall Academy girls played the season with four varsity and four junior high players and finished with a 15-20 record.
The other two seniors are Lane Cunningham and Chelsey Gilliam.
“They will truly be missed and gave me great effort and really improved throughout,” he said.
“I would like to thank Codie (Robertson), Blake (Martin), Wesleyann (Ray) and Kat (Moore) for doing double duty all year, and I am really proud of their improvements.”
The Byhalia girls fell behind the host Lady Tigers, second ranked in Class 3A, by 10 after one quarter and fell into a deeper hole at halftime, trailing by 21.
Three Lady Indians scored in double digits – Shandricka Sessom with 17, Quanisha Grayson with 12 and Kimberly Reed with 11.
Byhalia, with three seniors on the team, ended its season with a 17-15 record.
Coach Renee Crenshaw loses three seniors – Grayson, Latara Jones and Bianca Jones.
“This season was a learning experience for all,” she said. “The freshmen had to be willing to learn from the upperclassmen and vice versa. Coaching is so much more than the sport. Overall, each class had to learn the act of adaptation, which is a life lesson.”
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