Marshall boys stun Copiah

Published 6:00 am Friday, December 29, 2006

Jimmy Palmer’s 19 points and 3 rebounds sparked the MarshallAcademy Patriots to a 56-43 win over the Copiah Academy ColonelsThursday in the Brookhaven Academy Holiday Tournament at John R.Gray Gymnasium.

In the other boys games, Bowling Green knocked off Silliman50-48 and Central Private put away Trinity Episcopal 60-50.

Girls action saw Bowling Green dump Hillcrest Christian 42-34and Marshall stomp Silliman Institute 43-28.

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In today’s games, the Brookhaven Academy girls meet Trinity at7:15 p.m. and the BA boys tangle with Huntington at 8:30 in thewinners brackets. The early boys games feature the Copiah boysagainst Central Private at 3:30 in the losers bracket and Marshallfacing Hillcrest at 6 in the winners bracket.

Girls action features Huntington against Central Private at 1,Copiah against Hillcrest 2:15 in the losers bracket. At 4:45,Marshall meets Bowling Green in the winners bracket.

The winners of today’s game meet Saturday in consolation andchampionship play. The girls championship game is set for 6:30followed by the boys at 7:45. Earlier game begin play at 1:30Saturday.

Marshall 56, Copiah 43

Marshall (13-3) got 9 treys in the game, sparked by Palmer with5 on the night. The Patriots held a 14-7 lead over the Colonels inthe first quarter then broke open the game with a 21-16 run in thesecond quarter to post a 35-21 lead at the half. Going into thefinal frame, Marshall held a 20-point, 49-29, lead over Copiah.

“We got whipped,” said Copiah coach Mitch Mitchell following thegame. “We were a team not playing well against a team thatwas.”

Leading Copiah (6-2) was Clay Price with 9 points and 5rebounds. Hunter Greer finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds.Pulling down 7 rebounds was Eric Ervin.

“We shot the ball well and played defense well,” said Marshallcoach Craig Dailey. “Our post players got hurt early. Overall, weplayed good against a good team. We are a young and smallteam.”

Adding support to the Marshall win with 16 points and 6 reboundswas Liautaud Prophete. Seth Million netted 10 points and grabbed 6rebounds.

Bowling Green 50, Silliman 48

Trevor Thomas led Bowling Green with 20 points in boys play.

Netting 23 points for Silliman was Adam Elam.

Central Private 60, Trinty Episcopal 50

Matt Creel and Jacob Lofton pumped in 14 points apiece forCentral Private. Finishing with 12 points each were Justin Creeland Josh Sides.

Trinity was led by Stevan Ridley with 18 points. Jon David Kingfollowed with 16 points.

Bowling Green 42, Hillcrest 34

In girls action, Alex Reedy had 10 points, Scoring 9 points wasGabby Givens.

Hillcrest got 12 points from Karley Kliesen. Kayla Creel scored9 points.

Marshall 43, Silliman 28

Kim Shaws sparked Marshall with 21 points.

Mary Kennedy netted 10 points for Silliman.