Thursday, February 21, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Support our teams
The legacy of secondary basketball in Marshall County seems to enrich itself each and every season. This season witnesses another bumper crop of area teams vying for the ultimate prize – the gold balls awarded at the Big House in Jackson, which denotes that a team has made it all the way to the top.
Marshall teams participated in a total of five post-season tournaments this past week. The Region 2-1A tournament was held at Ingomar and featured the defending (and repeating) state champions (girls), H.W. Byers Lady Lions, led by head coach Jason Thompson. Also in that venue were the Byers Lions and a team within The South Reporter readership, the Blue Devils teams of Ashland. The Byers ladies stayed at home and hosted on Monday (this week) and coach Trey Lawrence and the men had to put on their traveling shoes Tuesday.
Region 2-2A was played at Walnut and had the Lady Cardinals running away with the trophy, fairly trouncing the Calhoun City entry 81-56. The Cardinals, who had started their high flying late in the season, ended as the number two team going into the North Half. Both coach Tana Miller and coach Shaun Holtz are to be congratulated for these stellar runs.
The Holly High Hawks couldn’t quite pass muster in the 1-3A title showdown, but coach Naylond Hayes’ second-place squad got to stay at home for the first North Half game. Unfortunately, Sylvester Kilgore and his Lady Hawks, who made a strong push near the end of the campaign, lost out in the first round at district.
The Region 3-3A action was played at the home court of the North Panola Cougars, and while the Indians and Lady Indians didn’t take the top prizes, they lived to play another day in the North Half. However, both teams had to travel. The Indians are coached by Todd Hutchinson and the Lady Indians by Reginald Jones.
The Marshall Academy teams did battle last week at Leake Academy in North State. Coach Craig Dailey and his Patriots have been on a roll all season and won North Half again. The Lady Patriots were not as fortunate and join the Lady Hawks of Holly High as the two Marshall County teams falling out last week.
All of these coaches and their wards deserve our utmost admiration, respect and support. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Dye, a supporter of the Olive Branch Conquistadors, and a regular reader of The Scoreboard. Brian, thanks for your compliments and comments. Fan support is paramount to the success of any team. Edgar Stafford III, (probably better known as “Trip”), an employee of Thomas LP Gas of Holly Springs, once played for the ’Quistors and relates the feeling of exhilaration a team gets when it can sense a supportive following.
We at the South Reporter would implore you to support our area teams. They represent us and our community. And they deserve it.
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